The Disappearance of Amber Swartz Garcia
In Pinole, California on June 3, 1988, 7 year old Amber Swartz Garcia was playing in her front yard. Around 4:15 p.m. Amber was abducted from her own yard where she had been jumping rope.
That day Amber and her mom were expecting friends. Amber Swartz Garcia was dependent on medication for migraines and was hearing impaired. It was outside of the norm for her to play outside alone but this afternoon her mom made an exception. While Amber was playing in the yard, her mother, Kim, was inside cooking dinner. The friends arrived and when she realized Amber wasn't there they immediately began searching. Amber's hearing aid and her medication was still at home.
The day after she was abducted a pair of pink socks were found in a nearby park. Her mother believes that they are Amber's.
Unfortunately this wasn't the first tragedy to hit the Swartz Garcia family. Amber's father, Floyd "Bernie" Swartz was a police office killed in the line of duty before her birth.