RINCON, Ga. ( Associated Press) — Alison Romedy puts her daughter to bed in the apartment the single mother and her 10-year-old share in southeast Georgia. This was the last time his family saw him.
That was February 28, 2002, and police in Rincón are still seeking answers to the woman’s disappearance two decades later. Police Detective Lee Chadwick said little evidence had been found, and what police managed to piece together was shocking.
“Her car wasn’t even half a mile from where she lived,” Chadwick told the Savannah Morning News., “The car was cleaned and found close to his house, it doesn’t make sense.”
The missing woman’s sister, Jennifer Lunsford, said Romi was often the life of the party and rarely kept a straight face.
Lunsford said her parents initially assumed that Romy was out with a friend when she was first reported missing.
“Mumma called and said Alison’s best friend had contacted her and said she didn’t come for work,” Lunsford said. “Her friend was listed as an emergency contact at work. At first, my parents weren’t too worried because they thought she had just gone somewhere.”
No trace of Romi was found in his car. The family spent several days helping police find it, but returned empty-handed. Lunsford said he would have to move on soon. She had two children of her own to take care of, and their mother had a job they needed to return to.
Whatever happened to her sister, Lunsford said, she doesn’t believe anyone intentionally hurt her.
“The police, the GBI and we have guessed who we thought it was but we don’t think it was anything pre-planned,” Lunsford said. “We think something went wrong.”
Chadwick, who did not initially investigate the case, said he was taking a fresh look at Romy’s disappearance and hoped that some new information would emerge. He said, the best thing would be that anyone who knows what happened to Romi, should come forward.
“If it was an accident, you hid it for 20 years,” Chadwick said. “There are consequences that have to be paid for one way or another. ,