When 14-year-old Kimberlie Krimm went missing, it was straight out of a parent’s nightmare.
The teen left her home to a visit a friend and buy hair dye when she vanished on June 30, 1998 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Six days later, her body was found on a hillside near McKeesport and Versailles cemetery, just a few blocks from her home.
Kimberlie was described as an athlete with a feisty personality and a knack for home improvement projects. Her family said she was very excited to start ninth grade at McKeesport High School in the fall.
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported that investigators never classified the death as a homicide because her body was in an advanced state of decay, leaving unanswered questions in her wake. Now 17 years later, the case is still open, but has gone cold. Tom Greene, the assistant chief of the McKeesport Police Department, told the Review that all leads were exhausted and the case now rests on someone coming forward with new information.
Kimberlie’s mother, Jeanie Krimm, started a Facebook Group “Who Killed Kimberlie Krimm” to raise awareness about the case and comfort others who are going through similar situations.
“Too many of us mothers are grieving over our babies being put in body bags,” Jeanie told the Review. “This violence has to stop.”
Anyone with information about the case is urged to call McKeesport police at (412) 675-5015 or Allegheny County police at (412) 473-3000.