Garden City police Capt. Mike Utz said the case remains open, and has been since she was reported missing. He said that the investigation is nationwide, with assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Kansas Bureau of Investigation. "We investigate leads on possible sightings. Unfortunately, it hasn't been enough yet," said Utz, who added that the department hasn't had a lead on a sighting in several years.
Rachel was 15 and several months pregnant when she disappeared but police have never found any information about a female giving birth who matched her description.
A criminal case was filed against Rachel's boyfriend at the time, who was several years older, for sexual relations with a minor. But when Rachel went missing, the charges were dropped. Utz would not name the boyfriend. Over the years there have been several leads or possible sightings and skeletal remains have been investigated and were determined not to be Rachel.
Jan Ramirez, Rachel's mother, still has hopes that someday they will hear from her and that she lives somewhere and is OK. She hopes that someday Rachel will contact the family."We've never moved, we have the same number. She would know how to get a hold of us," she said. She said the family doesn't consider the alternative that Rachel might not be alive.
Anyone with information about Rachel can contact the police department at 276-1300, or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 275-7807 or text "GCTIP" to TIP411 or 847-411
|Case Type: Endangered Missing |
Missing Date: Monday 16th January 1995
Missing From: Garden City Kansas
Missing Country: USA
DOB: Currently unknown