When a North Carolina woman asks a friend for a ride to the hospital, she expects to be home in time for an appointment the next morning. Instead, she disappears and an intense investigation uncovers an array of strange possibilities—but no concrete answers—in this episode of . Last Seen Alive
Jamie Fraley was 22 years old when she went missing from her hometown of Gastonia, NC on April 8th, 2008. Family photo.
Jamie was ill with a case of stomach flu when she went missing. An unidentified male friend or acquaintance arrived to give her a ride to the hospital, and she was never heard from again. Family photo.
Jamie’s father-in-law to be was her neighbor and had given her a ride to the hospital earlier in the day. He has a history of violence against women, including murder, and is considered a suspect in Jamie’s disappearance. He is deceased.
After Jamie’s disappearance, a worker found her phone on the side of the road at the intersection of New Hope Rd and Hudson Blvd, approx. 1.5 miles from Jamie’s home. It’s believed to have been thrown from a moving vehicle.
Jamie is pictured with her mother in an undated childhood photo. Jamie enjoyed a close relationship with her mother, who has been pursuing justice for her daughter since 2008.
Danny Hembree Jr is a convicted serial murderer who killed women in Gastonia. He targeted women who struggled with substance abuse. Although Jamie did not use drugs, her future father-in-law–Ricky Simonds Sr–did. This podcast episode explores the possibility of Hembree’s involvement, but it’s only a theory. Hembree has never been named a suspect by law enforcement.
Sources used to research this episode:
Jamie Fraley (Disappeared Blog)
Heartbroken Mother Refuses to Give Up Search for Answers in 2008 Disappearance of North Carolina Daughter Jamie Fraley (Andrea Cavallier / NBC News)
Son of Man Found Dead in Trunk Speaks Out (Sarah Batista / WBTV News)
Her Alleged Murderer Was Found Dead In The Trunk Of Another Woman’s Car (Chrissy Stockton / Thought Catalog)
10 Years Later: No Answers in Gaston Cold Case (Adam Lawson / Gaston Gazette)
Missing Woman’s Angels Won’t Give Up Search (WCNC News)
Killer Confesses to More Crimes (Diane Turbyfill / Gaston Gazette)
Infamous Gaston County Killer Pleads Guilty to 2011 Murder of Teen Girl (Ken Lemon / WSOC-TV)
STATE of North Carolina v. Danny Robbie HEMBREE, Jr. (Supreme Court of North Carolina via FindLaw)
Mother Says She’s Still Looking for Her Daughter’s Killer (Torie Wells / WSOC-TV)
Jurors Hear Opening Statements in Man’s Second Murder Trial (WSOC-TV)
If you know anything about the disappearance of Jamie Fraley, call the Gaston County Police Department at 704-866-3320.