Cynthia, approximate photo date 1970 Age-progression to age 59 (approximate photo date 2015) Arthur Nelson Ream
Missing since: 01/19/1970
Washtenaw County, Michigan
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 03/24/1956 (64)
Age at time of disappearance: 13 years old
Height / Weight: 5'4, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, tattoos, other identifying markings: A tan coat, black boots, and a multicolored scarf and hat. Carrying a colored bookbag.
Other characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Cynthia has straight teeth with no fillings prior to her disappearance, she had never received any dental care.
Details at time of disappearance: Cynthia departed from her family's residence in the 1400 block of Warrington in Washtenaw County, Michigan during the morning hours of January 19, 1970. She was en route to her school, Forsythe Junior High School in the 1600 block of Newport Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She didn't like to ride the bus and preferred to walk the one-mile route to school.
Cynthia never arrived as scheduled and has never been seen again. She had no prior history of running away from home and she was a good student. She was carrying only two or three dollars in cash when she vanished.
There were possible sightings of Cynthia in the Ann Arbor area in the days following her disappearance, but none were confirmed. She called her family members on April 1, 1970 and April 2, 1970. She did not know her whereabouts at the time of the two telephone conversations, which were just two hours apart.
Cynthia has not been heard from again. Her relatives received an extortion-type phone call on May 5, 1970, nearly four months after she disappeared. There has not been any other communication regarding her case since that time.
In 2018, authorities announced Arthur Ream was a possible suspect in Cynthia's case and in the disappearances of Kimberly King, Kim Larrow, Nadine O'Dell and Kellie Brownlee. A photo of Ream is posted with this case summary.
He was convicted of sexual assault in the 1970s and, in 1986, murdered Cindy Zarzycki, a thirteen-year-old girl who was dating his son. He was convicted of her murder and afterwards, in 2008, he lead authorities to her body, which was buried in a shallow grave 30 miles from Detroit, Michigan.
While in prison, Ream reportedly told cellmates he was serial killer with four to six victims. In May 2018, police began digging at the same property where Cindy had been buried, expecting to find the bodies of other missing girls there. No human remains were located, however, and the digging stopped after a week. All the cases remain unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
Other information: Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
The Miami Herald
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Ann Arbor News
The Huffington Post
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Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated May 16, 2018 details of disappearance updated.