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TN AMBER CATES: Missing from Columbia, TN - 11 April 2004 - Age 16

Discussion in 'Missing 2000 to 2009' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Aug 23, 2015.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Amber Cates has been missing from Columbia, Tennessee since 2004.

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    Amber was last seen leaving her home in Maury County, Tennessee with a friend, James Gordon, in a gold Mazda. She was supposed to return 2 days later, but never did. James said that he left her with another friend, Ronald "California" Inzurriaga. Ronald said that he dropped off Amber in Columbia, Tennessee after she had purchased hair dye. Amber was originally thought to be a runaway, but police are now considering other ideas. She may be in Georgia or Texas.


    NCMEC - http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1110243

    NamUs - https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/1987/11/

    Charley Project - http://charleyproject.org/case/amber-elizabeth-cates

    FBI - https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/amber-elizabeth-cates/view



    A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered by the FBI for relevant information leading to the recovery of Amber Cates or the prosecution of person(s) responsible for crimes committed against Amber Cates.

    http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/index.php?media/amber-cates-missing-from-tennessee.725/

    Edited by staff to fix link to the Charley Project
     
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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Family seeks closure in disappearance of Amber Cates
    April 2013

    It's a question that has haunted a Middle Tennessee family[​IMG] for nearly a decade: where is Amber Cates?

    Cates was just 16 years old when she vanished nine years ago after she and a friend left her mother's home[​IMG] in Columbia to grab a bite to eat.

    Cates hasn't been seen since, but her family and police haven't given up hope of finding her.

    Read more: http://www.wsmv.com/story/21895667/...in-disappearance-of-amber-cates#ixzz3jf09s7iJ
     
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  3. DaisyChains

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    The assertion "California" made that he dropped her off after she bought hair dye and never saw her again screams at me.

    Did she want the hair dye bc she was planning on running away and wanted to change her hair color/identity?

    Is "California" lying so it seems like her intent was to possibly run away and change her ID in order for him to avoid suspicion?

    What is "California" hiding? Does he know where she is now? Is his nickname "California" bc he has connections to California state? Could he have set up Amber with a connection in California to help her runaway? Worrying about who she may have been sent to if so and what they did with her (sex trafficking worry).

    Ugh makes me so sad!
     
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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Judging by Amber's pictures, she was in the habit of dying her hair blonde. Her natural hair color is brown.
     
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  7. Scorpio

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    https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/amber-elizabeth-cates

    Reward:

    A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for relevant information leading to the recovery of Amber Cates or the prosecution of person(s) responsible for crimes committed against Amber Cates.

    Details:
    Amber Elizabeth Cates was last seen on April 11, 2004, in the Columbia, Tennessee, area. She was on her way to spend her spring break week with a relative, but has not been seen or heard from since the time she disappeared.
     
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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Columbia woman renews search for sister missing 13 years

    TBI agents continue the search for Elizabeth Thomas, a teen believed to be kidnapped from Maury County by her former teacher Tad Cummins.

    It's a story that's hitting very close to home for Brenda James, also in Maury County. Her little sister, Amber Elizabeth Cates, disappeared in Columbia 13 year ago.

    Cates was only 16 and was last seen at her mom's house. For Brenda, it feels like just she disappeared just yesterday.

    With no promising leads, Brenda James is making a renewed effort to find her sister. She said she's hired outside investigators and is hopeful for the future.

    “We really feel like it may be Amber's year,” James said.

    http://fox17.com/news/local/columbia-woman-renews-search-for-sister-missing-13-years
     
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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    After 13 years, woman remains hopeful missing sister will be found

    A woman in Maury County is doing what she can to keep her missing sister’s case open more than a dozen years after she was last seen.

    “She was funny, energetic; your typical 16-year-old teenager,” recalled Brenda James.

    It has been 13 years, or 4,743 days of worry and hope, since Amber Cates was last seen in Columbia.

    “It’s been rough, a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of tears,” James said. “If I give up, she will never be found.”

    http://wkrn.com/2017/04/06/after-13-years-woman-remains-hopeful-missing-sister-will-be-found/
     
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  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Woman searches for answers 14 years after teen sister's disappearance

    Fourteen years ago, a teenager left her mother's home in Maury County and her family never saw her again.

    Amber Cates, 16, seemed to have vanished into thin air.

    "Where could she be? Who took her? What happened to her?" Those are the questions Amber's sister, Brenda James, has asked herself over the last 14 years.

    What started as a promise to take care of Amber after her father's death has turned into a mission to find her little sister.

    "My dad made me promise before he died. It's like he knew," said James. "There's times I just want to give up, but I can't. I just keep pushing and pushing and it gets harder. You think it'd be a lot easier after all this time but it [isn’t]."

    https://www.wkrn.com/special-report...-after-teen-sister-s-disappearance/1389329382
     
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