RINCON, Ga. (WSAV) – It was February 28, 2000. Allyson Romedy left her Rincon apartment in the evening. She has not been seen since.
His sister Jennifer Lunsford says it’s hard to believe that two decades later the family still doesn’t know what happened to their beloved.
“And here we are at 20 years old and we think about it all the time, we just want closure, we just want to know where it is,” Lunsford said. “We talk about it, my kids talk about it you know they were very close to her. We miss her, we talk about her on special occasions, she was kind of the life of the party.
Photos of Allyson are what Lunsford left with questions that were never answered. Romedy had a 10-year-old daughter at the time.
“As far as we know the last time anyone saw her was this Thursday night and when Mallorie [Romedy’s daughter] was going to bed. Mallorie woke up the next morning and her mother wasn’t there,” Lunsford said.
When news of the disappearance broke, Lunsford said the family met at Romedy’s apartment in Rincon. They searched the town but found nothing. Two days later, the family found Romedy’s car parked in an apartment building parking lot about a mile from where Romedy lived with her daughter. An investigation by police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) turned up no clues.
Lunsford said that over the years the case seemed to get colder and colder.
Now, Rincon police are taking a fresh look at the case.
“We’re going to do everything we can to bring closure to them and they deserve it,” Detective Lee Chadwick said. “Twenty years is a long time for a little girl to grow up without her mother.
Chadwick says they have a person of interest but they need more information.
“I would like to tell this person to be prepared to knock on your door, I want to talk to you and I want to talk to the people who have helped you,” Chadwick says.
Police are not providing further information on their current review of the case, but Lunsford’s sister believes there are people who have information.
“We think there was help with the cover-up, we think more than one person knows exactly what happened,” Lunsford says.
Lunsford says both of her parents have died since Allyson disappeared. But about ten years ago, before her mother died, the family put up a marker with Allyson’s name. It was in the family plot of their church in Millen that Lunsford and Romedy grew up. Lunsford said the family thinks there should be at least one marker with Allyson’s name on it, although they don’t have anyone.
“If it hadn’t happened, Allyson would have been here with me my whole life,” Lunsford said. “I would have had help burying my parents. I would have had support, I would have had her. We would have helped each other raise our children and I would have had someone to rely on and lean on now that I am sick.
Lunsford says she was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was diagnosed 3 years ago and then told she only had 5 years left to live. She says she doesn’t know if she will be there for the 25th anniversary and that’s why the family is asking for help to finally solve this mystery now.
“Please just find a way to say it, I mean, you know, just find a way anonymously. You can make anonymous calls to Crime Stoppers. We always have a reward there for information leading to an arrest, but we don’t even care about the arrest, we just want to know where his remains are,” says Lunsford. “We just really want to know where his remains are, we just have the feeling that we deserve that she deserves it. She deserves it, she was a human being and she was a good human being.
If you have any information on this case, call Rincon Police at 912-826-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 912-234-2020.