Search for South Hill teen Kimmie Daily becomes investigation

Kimmie Daily
Kimmie Daily

The search for a 16-year-old developmentally disabled girl last seen Tuesday on her bike near the South Hill Mall moved Friday from a search-and-rescue operation to an investigation.

There’s been no sign of foul play in the disappearance of Kimberly “Kimmie” Daily, but there have been no sightings of her either, authorities said. “There’s been no substantive tips today,” Pierce County sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Blair said.

Sheriff’s detectives returned to Daily’s neighborhood Friday, knocking on doors and interviewing residents about the area and asking if they’d seen or heard from the girl. They also began checking on the registered sex offenders in the neighborhood.

Searchers looked in garbage cans and backyards, handed out 200 fliers with information on Daily along the Meridian Avenue corridor and sent faxes to 2,500 businesses. The fliers included Daily’s information and asked businesses to search their property for any abandoned bicycles, Blair said.

“We are waiting for any leads to come in,” Blair said.

The department has not issued an Amber Alert because, so far, Daily’s disappearance doesn’t meet the criteria. Investigators have no suspect, no suspect information and no vehicle information, Blair said.

“We have nothing like that,” he said.

Daily, whose family said she has the mental age of a 9-year-old, was last seen about 1 p.m. Tuesday at her home in the 12700 block of 106th Avenue Court East.

She told her family she was going to a friend’s house and would be back by 3 p.m. She hopped on her green BMX bike and left.

When she didn’t return home, her family reported her missing to the Sheriff’s Department at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies went to her home, took a report and then searched areas Daily is known to frequ-ent.

They also talked to her friends to see whether they’d seen or heard from her, Blair said.

The search was expand- ed Wednesday morning. On Thursday, searchers covered a 3-square-mile area around the family’s home. Volunteers knocked on doors and handed out fliers. Aircraft searched from the air.

Daily didn’t take extra clothes, money or her wallet with her. She has no history of running away.

Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268