Amber Elizabeth Cates

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Amber, circa 2004;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 28 (circa 2016)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 11, 2004 from Maury County, Tennessee
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 3, 1988
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 100 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, hazel eyes. Amber has fillings in two teeth. Her hair may be dyed blonde.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Amber was last seen in Maury County, Tennessee on April 11, 2004. She left her mother's home in the 2300 block of Tracy Lane with James Gordon, one of her friends, in a gold Mazda with the license plates number PFB-200. She was supposed to return in two days, but never did and has never been heard from again. When questioned about Amber's disappearance, Gordon said he'd left her with another friend, Ronald "California" Inzurriaga. They were supposed to go to get a meal at the Waffle House restaurant on James Campbell Boulevard. Authorities have since located Inzurriaga in a federal prison in Alabama. He said he dropped Amber off at a garage in Columbia, Tennessee after she purchased hair dye, and he doesn't know what happened to her after that.

    Amber was born in Spring Hill, Tennessee and lived in several states, then returned to Tennessee to live in a foster home. Her older half-sister, Brenda James, stated Amber had gotten involved with the wrong crowd and was drinking and occasionally using drugs. James became her legal guardian just a few days before she went missing.

    Amber was originally considered to be a runaway, but the passage of time since her disappearance has led investigators to consider whether other factors caused her to disappear. She has a driver's license, but there had been no infractions listed on her driving record. Her Social Security number has gone unused since 2004, and she hasn't used her cellular phone either. She may be in Georgia or Texas, or she may still be in the Maury County area. James believes Amber is deceased. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Maury County Sheriff's Department
    931-380-5733

    OR
    931-388-5151

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    Source Information
    The Columbia Daily Herald
    NewsChannel 5
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    NamUs
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Unsolved in the News

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    Updated 9 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 8, 2016; age-progression updated.

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