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GBPD detectives "closer" to solving Amber Wilde's disappearance


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay police say they're closer to naming a suspect in the disappearance of UW-Green Bay student Amber Wilde fifteen years after she vanished.

Detective Lee Kingston says they've gathered new evidence.

"It's mostly DNA related," said Kingston at a press conference Monday. "A lot of it is existing evidence that's being re-examined because of technology."

Kingston says he and Detective David Graf have brought a fresh set of eyes to this cold case.

"Just re-examining everything, looking at the case, reading the case, looking at all the evidence," said Kingston. "Looking into her vehicle, what was taken from her vehicle."

Investigators say as the years go on, usually, people talk and that brings about new leads. However, police say up to this point, no one has talked. 

"The goal today was to get the word back out there, not let this case go by the wayside," said Kingston.

Amber moved from West Bend to Green Bay in 1998, when she was in a minor crash on September 23rd. She called her dad shortly after, and that was the last time Amber was heard from.

Amber was four-and-a-half months pregnant, and police believe that played a role in her disappearance.

Wilde's family says they're optimistic police will eventually solve the case. They say the easiest way to bring some closure is for someone who knows something to talk.

"Don't be afraid to open your mouth and say something. If you know something, this is ridiculous. We know lots of people know what happened and they're just afraid to come forward,” said Jane Wilde, Amber Wilde’s grandmother.

Police say they are asking anyone who knew Amber before or during that time to call police as any bit of information can help.


The Green Bay Police Department has compiled a timeline of Amber Wilde's short time in Green Bay.

  • Late summer 1998 - Amber moves to an East side Green Bay apartment
  • September 1998 - Amber starts school at UWGB
  • September 23, 1998 - Amber is notified she has been elected to the student council
  • September 23, 1998 - Amber is involved in a minor traffic accident on her way to school
  • September 23, 1998 - Amber speaks to her father on the phone about the accident
  • September 23, 1998 - Amber talks on the phone to an identified person reference the accident. Police believe this is the last known phone contact she has with anyone. She has not been seen or heard from since.
  • September 26, 1998 - Amber is officially reported as missing by her father.
  • September, 1998 - Media coverage begins and description of Amber and her car are released to the media.
  • September, 1998 - Witness states that she saw Amber's car in Wausau. She gives a very detailed description of the vehicle.
  • October 1, 1998 - Amber's car is discovered at the Fifty Yard Line bar on Green Bay's West side. Police have evidence leading them to believe that Amber did not drive her car to that location. The car has roughly 700 unaccounted miles on it.