Amber Jean Swartz-Garcia
Amber, approximately 1988; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression at Age at the time of disappearance: 39 (approximately 2019); Kim Swartz; Floyd Swartz; Timothy Bindner, approximately 2001; Curtis Dean Anderson
Date reported missing : 06/03/1988
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Non-Family Abduction
Gender : Female
DOB : 08/19/1980 (40)
Age at the time of disappearance: 7 years old
Height / Weight : 4'0, 65 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A short-sleeved white shirt with teal bands around the bottom of the shirt, the neck, and the bottoms of both sleeves and imAge at the time of disappearance: s of multicolored sunglasses printed on it; purple corduroy pants, pink socks, brand-new white LA Gear sneakers with pink or white laces, and emerald earrings with gold posts.
Medical conditions : Amber has a hearing impairment and uses a hearing aid and reads lips. She has a slight speech impediment due to her impaired hearing. She also suffers from migraine headaches due to a concussion she sustained in 1984. The headaches cause loss of balance and vomiting. She took the prescription medication Fiornal for them at the time she disappeared. Amber had neither her hearing aid nor her medicine with her when she vanished.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Amber's teeth are crooked and her upper right front tooth was missing at the time of her 1988 disappearance. Her ears are pierced and she is right-handed. Amber has a scar on the inside of her right eyebrow and moles on her throat and below the right side of her lower lip. She sucked her thumb when she was tired or nervous at the time of her disappearance. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies refer to her as Amber Swartz or Amber Garcia Swartz. Her nicknames are Am and A.J.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Amber was last seen jumping rope at approximately 4:15 p.m. in the front yard of her family's residence on SavAge at the time of disappearance: Avenue in Pinole, California on June 3, 1988. She was not usually allowed to play in the yard alone but her mother, Kim Swartz, made an exception that day because their neighbors would be arriving home soon.
Kim checked outside approximately 15 minutes after Amber left the house and noticed she had disappeared. The child has never been heard from again. She may have been holding an adult-sized leather jump rope with wooden handles at the time of her disappearance. It disappeared along with her and was never found.
Authorities did discover a pair of pink socks near Amber's residence on June 4, the day after her disappearance. The socks were found on a baseball diamond by the creek that flows behind Amber's house. Kim believes that the socks may have belonged to her daughter, but she is uncertain and additional clues were never located. The socks were located after the area had been searched once already; it is believed that they were left after the initial search.
For many years, Timothy Bindner was a suspect in Amber's disappearance, as well as the disappearances of Michaela Garecht, Ilene Misheloff and Amanda "Nikki" Campbell. A photo of Bindner is posted with this case summary. He maintains his innocence and successfully sued Amanda's hometown of Fairfield, California in 1997 for defamation of character. He has been ruled out in Michaela's case, and in 2020, David Misch, was charged with her kidnapping and murder. Misch is a suspected serial killer. He is awaiting trial in Michaela's case and in the 1986 double murder of two women.
Bindner approached many of the mothers of missing girls from the East Bay area offering his assistance, including Amber and Michaela's families. He introduced himself to Kim three days after Amber vanished. He bore a striking resemblance to the man who was seen throwing the girl into the tan car on the day of Amber's disappearance. Investigators asked Kim to maintain a quasi-friendship with Bindner in hope of learning if he was connected to any of the girls' cases. She and authorities agreed that Bindner appeared to playing mind games with victims' loved ones and law enforcement.
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