Kimberly Ann Langwell

Langwell, circa 1999; Langwell's car

  • Missing Since 07/09/1999
  • Missing From Beaumont, Texas
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 02/24/1965 (59)
  • Age 34 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'3 - 5'4, 130 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white t-shirt with "Cozumel" imprinted on the front and the image of a diver on the back, blue jeans, white sneakers, a silver-tone Seiko watch with glowing numbers, a silver necklace with an angel pendant, silver hoop earrings and a gold wedding band on her left hand.
  • Associated Vehicle(s) Silver 1994 Nissan Altima (accounted for)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Langwell has a scar under her chin. She has a reddish-purple birthmark on her the middle to lower portion of her back. Her ears are pierced. Langwell's nickname is Kim and she may use the last name Clark. Some agencies spell her middle name "Anne."

Details of Disappearance

Langwell called her teenage daughter at about 5:30 in the afternoon of July 9, 1999 in their hometown of Beaumont, Texas. Langwell reminded her about dinner plans they had for that evening and said she would return home at approximately 6:30 p.m. after stopping by the home of her ex-boyfriend, Terry Rose, to pick up some jewelry and belongings.

A neighbor of Rose remembered seeing Langwell's car at Rose's residence, which doubled as the site of his wrecking yard business, at 5:50 p.m. that day. By 6:20 p.m. the vehicle was gone.

Her boyfriend, Ken Weatherford, began searching for her when she did not arrive at her residence later that night. He discovered her silver 1994 Nissan Altima abandoned in the parking lot of the now-defunct Eckerd's Drug Store at a shopping center on Dowlen Road and Phelan Boulevard or Phelan Avenue at approximately 10:30 p.m.

A photograph of the vehicle is posted with this case summary. Langwell's cellular phone, cosmetics and other personal items were inside the car. There was no other sign of her at the scene and an extensive search of the area produced no clues as to her whereabouts. Langwell has never been heard from again.

Her family members believe that she departed from the pharmacy with someone she trusted. They say it would be highly uncharacteristic of her not to make contact with her daughter for so long, as they were very close.

Weatherford was quickly ruled out as a suspect in Langwell's case. Police focused on Rose, who was reportedly "obsessed" with Langwell. They had lived together for seven years, but broke up about six months before Langwell's disappearance, and she started seeing Weatherford about three months later.

According to Langwell's loved ones, Rose had threatened her before and frightened her badly, telling her he would kill her if she left him, and sometimes physically preventing her from leaving him. She remained in touch with Rose after they broke up, however, and he gave her a phone and regularly gave her money. Once he gave her $500 so she could take a trip to Mexico. He thought she was going with female friends, but she went with Weatherford, and Rose found out about this.

When police asked Rose what he was doing at the time of Langwell's disappearance, he said he was home alone for much of the day but did go to the Corner Pocket pool hall at 9:45 p.m. The pool hall shares the same parking lot as Eckerd Pharmacy, where Langwell's car was found. The pharmacy was not along her regular route home.

Another person of interest was Frank McCormick, a coworker of Langwell's who was married but had an "obsessive crush" on her. He sent her love letters and offered to pay for her and her daughter to take a trip to Europe. McCormick had an alibi for the time of Langwell's disappearance, however; he was seen at a local grocery store by multiple witnesses and had receipts for items he'd bought there. He has been cleared of suspicion in Langwell's case, but Rose remains a suspect.

Before her disappearance, Langwell told her sister to disbelieve it if she heard Langwell had committed suicide. She said she might disappear, and told her sister where to look for her remains. Foul play is suspected in Langwell's disappearance. She was employed at the Mobil Oil refinery in Beaumont in 1999.

Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated April 10, 2024; picture added, details of disappearance updated.