As they got on with their futures....careers, children, homes.....members of Whitesboro High School's class of 1987 carried with them a dark memory: the savage assault and murder of classmate, Kimberly Simon, in September, 1985.
"I think Kim got in a vehicle and went to a different location and I think she got raped. As with any young female who's being sexually abused, she fought back, and I think that they killed her," says Oneida County District Attorney, Scott Mc Namara.
Simon had left her nearby home to walk to a football game, at Whitesboro Middle School. She never made it. Her body was found the next day in a wooded area off of Mohawk Street, in Whitesboro. She'd been sexually assaulted. A world-reknowned forensic pathologist told investigators she was not killed where she was found, but moved there, afterward. The Oneida County District Attorney believes people know who murdered her.
"I've interviewed one of them myself and I wouldn't consider her, the person that I interviewed, I sure wouldn't want her to have witnessed something bad that happened to my family because she doesn't seem like a person that cares about anybody but herself, so, that's kind of where we're stuck," says Oneida County District Attorney, Scott Mc Namara.
Some of Simon's classmates, from Whitesboro's class of 1987, created a website to memorialize her and encourage those who know what happened to her to say what they know. Now, they've started a GoFundMe page, to raise money to buy ads and have a stronger social media presence.
"There are some advertising costs involved. Even though people think it should be a public service announcement, that kind of thing, we want it to run when poeple are awake and can see it in prime time so we're willing to fundraise to get that word out there. We just...we know that someone knows," says classmate, Melissa Swald Camman.
While there have been stunning advances in science since Simon was murdered, in 1985, that is the evidence with which investigators must contend. Most notably-a sample of DNA evidence from Simon.
"We had other ones and we've tried to unseal that and destroyed the slide and we have one left," says Mc Namara. "Right now, we continue to wait for the technology because we're hoping that that slide has preserved the DNA."
Until science catches up with its younger self, Kim Simon's classmates continue to keep a vow, made in 1985.
"They deserve closure, she deserves justice and we all want to see it and that's why we're coming together and we're not gonna stop til we find out who's responsible .We're not giving up," says Camman.