Alyssa McLemore. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Police

Alyssa McLemore. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Police

Kent Police seek public’s help about the disappearance of Alyssa McLemore 10 years ago

Woman would now be 32 years old

Kent Police posted a news release on Tuesday asking for the public’s help about the disappearance 10 years ago of Alyssa McLemore.

“Kent investigators continue to work to ascertain any and all information which led to the disappearance of a now 32-year-old female, 10 years ago this month,” according to the news release. “Investigators are seeking to talk to anyone who may have seen something suspicious or possibly observed anything out of the ordinary just prior to the Alyssa McLemore’s disappearance.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 911, or contact the Kent Police Department tip line at 253-856-5808. Callers can remain anonymous.

McLemore went missing April 9, 2009.

Kent detectives compiled binders with information about the case, but so far they have come up empty. No leads have panned out.

McLemore was last heard from the evening of April 9 when her grandmother told her that McLemore’s mother was very ill, according to initial articles in the Kent Reporter. Her mother died three days after McLemore’s disappearance.

Detectives discovered early on in the investigation that at about 9:15 p.m. April 10, someone called 911 from McLemore’s cellphone. A female voice was heard asking for help before the call ended.

The phone did not have a GPS sensor, so the general location of where the call originated is unknown. The phone number listed on 911 records indicated McLemore as the owner of the phone. The phone was out of service a few days after the 911 call and no longer took phone messages.

“It was very unlike her not to be in communication with her family,” said the lead detective at the time.

When McLemore disappeared, she left behind her 3-year-old daughter, mother, grandmother and sister.

McLemore reportedly was last seen by a witness near 30th Avenue South and Kent-Des Moines Road on Kent’s West Hill when she was approached by a pickup, but police don’t know who drove the pickup. The witness described the pickup as green, a 1990s model, possibly with an Oregon license plate. A second witness told police that McLemore had been seen at an unspecified date prior to her disappearance with a white man in his 50s or 60s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 175 to 185 pounds. That man reportedly drove a green pickup and had some type of connection with McLemore.

McLemore, unemployed at the time of her disappearance, lived with her grandmother, mother and daughter in Kent. She attended Kent-Meridian High School for about a year before dropping out.

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