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Family Desperately Searching For Missing Youngstown Woman Diagnosed With Cancer

The Vivid Faces of the Vanished
Kimberly Wilson-TalleyPhoto byThe Charley Project

49-year-old Kimberly Michelle Wilson-Talley, called Kim, lived in an apartment complex on Magnolia Avenue in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1991, her mother, Caroline Wilson, was murdered. Kim took on the role of mother to her siblings, Keena Hardy and Keith Wilson.

“She’s always been protective of me,” Keith Wilson told WKBN. “After my mom passed, she always filled that role.”

Kim was diagnosed with throat cancer. As a result, she had a tracheotomy and had to be fed through a tube. Kimberly did not let that stop her. Neighbors would often see her out walking and enjoying her day.

In late December 2016, Kimberly contacted Keena through Facebook Messenger.

“Told me that she wanted to talk to me about something important. I was at work. I didn’t think it was anything serious until her neighbor reached out and told me we haven’t seen Kim,” Keena told WKBN.

On January 19, 2017, her aunt reported her missing to authorities.

The police searched her apartment on Magnolia and although they said no evidence of foul play was found, her family said the apartment smelled like cleaning supplies, all of the windows were open and her winter coat and cell phone were left behind in the apartment.

Her neighbors reported no one had seen her in the area for several weeks.

Her family also discovered that Kimberly had missed several of her recent oncology appointments, reports WKBN. Authorities searched Kimberly's apartment but found no indication of foul play, reports WKBN. According to the Charley Project, Kimberly's sister received information in a letter from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Kimberly's car went through a toll gate without paying. There was a picture of a man driving her vehicle with a woman in the passenger seat with a hood over her face.

“I contacted the turnpike and they pulled cameras or videos and they said it was definitely a man driving the car. There was a female on the passenger side but she had a hood over her head," Keena told WKBN.

Authorities and Keena think the woman was Kimberly.

“My sister has cancer she has a trach in her throat. They definitely said they could see something,” Keena told WKBN.

On January 24, 2017, Kimberly's car was found in the 1700 block of South Heights Avenue. The vehicle was parked in the backyard of a house on the street. In February 2017, WFMJ reported authorities received more information connected with Kimberly's vehicle. Authorities reported someone recently tried to sell her car.

The Charley Project reports that someone tried to sell it to the Donnell Ford dealership but was not able to complete the sale.

“I want justice for my sister,” her brother Keith Wilson, told WKBN. “No family member should have to go through this at all. Everybody deserves peace. My sister deserves peace.”

Kimberly has never been located.

Kimberly Michelle Wilson-Talley is 5'2"-5'4" and weighed 130-149 pounds when she vanished. If you have any information, please contact the Youngstown Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-742-8911.

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