Thursday, October 16, 2014

Albany woman, Amanda King, now missing for one year

Today marks one year since Amanda King, 29, went missing from Conifer Park Rehabilitation Center.

I met her best friend, Katie Burns, and father, Arthur King, at Missing Person's Day in April in Albany. The annual event provides a day of education, resources and unity for family and friends of missing people in New York State -- a group one of those founders called "a club no one wants to belong to."

Arthur King and Burns said they faced difficulty in gaining action from local police or attention from local media for Amanda's case, as she was an adult and didn't go missing under unusual circumstances -- problems often faced when an adult goes missing.

Arthur said his daughter had been known to come and go from his house in the past, but said they had a close relationship and she never went more than a week without calling him -- even when she was in trouble -- and took that as a sign that something was wrong.

“No matter what trouble she was in, she always called her father,” said Burns, who said the father's intuition is what's important. “People need to be willing to listen to that.”

King was last seen by friends in Albany getting into a car. Detective John Coleman of the Albany Police Department looked into the case, said Arthur, and had some tips, but no solid information.

Det. Coleman can be reached at 518-462-8039

The family is offering a $5,000 reward.
King is 5 feet -3 inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds, with long, blonde hair and blue eyes.
A Facebook page has been set up for Amanda King.
Click here for my story about the 13th NYS Missing Persons Day.

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