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Caller has ominous tip about missing mother


© St. Petersburg Times, published June 29, 2000

TAMPA -- It has been more than a month since Kimberly Lashawn Mack went out on a Friday night and never came back, leaving four young children behind.

Even though Mack's 1990 Geo Prizm was found abandoned two days after she left home and her family insisted she wouldn't leave without checking on her children, police thought there was a chance she might return unharmed and with a good explanation.

But last week, police received an anonymous call from a person who said Mack had been harmed.

"A female caller left a message on the detective's voice mail and indicated that something was not right, that she had been harmed," Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin said.

Police would not reveal what the caller said to imply that Mack, 27, had been hurt.

Those details are part of an investigation that had grown pretty cold.

"The case detective talked quite extensively to family members and an extended circle of friends," Durkin said. "Still, nothing has panned out."

Durkin said detectives have questioned old boyfriends, including a convicted felon who is the father of her 3-year-old son. But Durkin said the old boyfriends are not suspects.

Mack lived with family members at 8109 N Alaska St. in Sulphur Springs. Her car was found miles away near N 78th Street in Progress Village.

Mack is 5 feet 9 and 220 pounds. She has a gold upper tooth and was last seen wearing a red shirt with white Capri pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Lynn Stanbro at (813) 276-3540.

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