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Thirty years later, Kimberly McAndrews case still unsolved

Kimberly McAndrew was last seen on August 12, 1989 at approximately 4:20 p.m
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A photo of Kimberly McAndrew provided by HRP.

Halifax Regional Police put out a release on the 30th anniversary of a Halifax woman's disappearance from the parking lot of the Canadian Tire store where she worked.

Kimberly McAndrew was last seen on August 12, 1989 at approximately 4:20 p.m. after her shift as a cashier at the Quinpool Road Canadian Tire store. 

The 19-year-old was supposed to be heading home, but never made it there.

"On anniversary dates, [police] have a habit of putting out public notices asking for anyone with any knowledge to come forward an announcing they're still working on it," says retired HRP detective Tom Martin.

Martin can't say for sure how much work is still being done on the case, but he doesn't think it's enough.

"I know that case is workable and doable, and here we are 30 years later and it's still not solved," he tells NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show.

Martin, who worked the case for several years when he was still on the force, says he believes that this cold case, like many others, needs more resources.

"I believe every investigator that has worked Kim's case knows that if there was a concentrated effort put into it, it could be solved," he explains.

After McAndrew disappeared, there were unconfirmed sightings of her at a flower shop in Dartmouth's Penhorn Mall, buying a balloon and a rose.

Police say at the time of her disappearance, McAndrew was wearing pleated navy slacks, a white short-sleeved “Esprit” t-shirt with red and green squares, a navy oversized cardigan, and jade green flat-heeled loafers.

Martin says people who knew McAndrew questioned this sighting.

"Her family says she would never go to Dartmouth," he explains. "She was supposed to be picked up by her boyfriend and a sister or two, to go to the Buskers that night."

The number of cold cases HRP have on file has only grown over the years.

"There's just too many of them, it'd be around the 100 mark of unsolved major crimes and missing persons," Martin adds.

The private investigator thinks that if police put a concentrated effort into solving cold cases, they could be more successful.

"A lot of it comes down to human resources. It costs a lot of money to investigate these cases," he says.

Todays HRP release says that investigators believe that there are people who have information about what happened to Kimberly.

"We hope the passage of time will encourage them to do the right thing and share what they know with police. It’s never too late to come forward and the smallest piece of information may be just what’s needed to progress the investigation into Kimberly’s disappearance," the release reads.

The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program is offering a cash reward of up to $150,000 for information in Kimberly's disappearance.

Martin hopes that keeping McAndrew's story in the public eye may one day lead to an answer.

"Any talk around these instances helps. It keeps it in the public forefront," he says.

Anyone with information on Kimberly’s disappearance is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016, or submit a tip to Crime Stoppers. The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program can be contacted at 1-888-710-9090.




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