Ember Skye Graham

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Above Images: Ember, circa 2015

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 2, 2015 from Happy Valley, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 19, 2014
  • Age: 6 months old
  • Height and Weight: 2'1, 15 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A size 2 Kirkland diaper.
  • Medical Conditions: Ember has epilepsy and previously required hospitalization for seizures. She needs to take anti-seizure medication twice a day.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ember was last seen in Happy Valley, California on July 2, 2015. She has never been heard from again. Her parents were separated and she was with her father, Matthew Ryan Graham, for a scheduled visitation the day she vanished. Matthew told police he had left her asleep in her playpen at his home on Noosha Lane. He smoked marijuana all night and then passed out. When he woke up at 5:00 a.m., Ember was gone. He called 911 at 5:26 a.m. and reported she had been kidnapped.

    A photo of Matthew is posted below this case summary. The night he reported Ember missing, he was arrested for probation violation, but he was released a few days later. Authorities stated his story about the night Ember disappeared was inconsistent, he didn't seem interested in finding her, and they couldn't find any "credible evidence" to support his claim that a stranger had abducted Ember. Matthew kept Ember's playpen in a camp trailer on his property, which was gated and had guard dogs; furthermore, the door to the trailer was broken and it needed to be opened with a screwdriver. Matthew also stated Amber usually cried when a stranger picked her up. These conditions would make it difficult or impossible for a stranger to get access to the residence and take the baby without waking Matthew.

    Surveillance video footage from a nearby convenience store, the Happy Stop Market showed Matthew driving there in his truck that night; Ember was with him and not fastened into a safety seat. He took her into the store, pumped gas and then drove away with her in the opposite direction from his home. Matthew said he'd taken Ember on a drive to help her fall asleep; her anti-seizure medication makes her restless. He said he made a u-turn to return home after leaving the store. The trip to and from the store should have taken less than ten minutes, but the surveillance video shows that Matthew didn't drive past it again until over an hour later. A photo of Matthew's truck is posted below this case summary; authorities have said that anyone who saw it on the night of July 1/2 should contact them. Matthew was publicly named as a person of interest in his daughter's disappearance.

    On July 10, a pacifier was found off Platina Road in the remote Ono, California area. Ember's mother identified it was her daughter's, and DNA testing subsequently determined Ember's DNA was on the pacifier. On July 11, Matthew stole his mother's cellular phone, some cash from her purse, and a semi-automatic handgun, and fled. Three days later, he was killed in a police shootout in Dunsmuir, California after he carjacked a vehicle.

    Although the baby's mother has stated Matthew was a good father who loved his daughter, authorities believe Ember is dead and Matthew is the sole person of interest in her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

    Matthew Graham Truck
    Left: Matthew Graham;
    Right: Matthew's pickup truck

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Shasta County Sheriff's Office
    530-245-6025

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Facebook Page for Ember Graham
    The Los Angeles Times
    KRCR 7
    The Redding Record-Searchlight

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 13, 2016; casefile added.

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