GREEN BAY - Amber Wilde would be 34-years-old with a teenager. But Wilde's grandmother says she doesn't like to play “what ifs.”
"You know, as time goes by, you try to live as normal a life as you can," said Jane Wilde. "We won't give up. We just won't."
Exactly 15 years ago Monday, 19-year-old Amber Wilde, a UW Green Bay student disappeared. Wilde, who was new to town and four-and-a-half months pregnant at the time, has never been found.
Police and Wilde's family expressed hope Monday that a renewed push to publicize the search – will help crack the case.
"We took it from the standpoint of we were going to treat it as a new case basically," said Lee Kingston, one of the two detectives assigned to the Wilde case in January of this year.
Kingston says he and Det. David Graf caught the case after all the previous investigators retired.
Kingston says both old and new evidence has been sent to state and federal crime labs for analysis – most being DNA.
Police hope by putting a fresh eyes to old evidence, it will bring about new leads and hopefully solve the case.
Here’s what police say they do know:
After Wilde disappeared, police say a witness saw Wilde's car in Wausau. It was found a short time later in a bar parking lot - then known as the Fifty Yard Line - near Lambeau Field. The car was unlocked and had about 700 unaccounted miles on it. Police believe someone other than Amber drove it last.
Authorities twice searched a field off Highway 29 near Shawano, once in 2001 and again in 2007. Nothing was found. Authorities told FOX 11 in 2007 Wilde's former boyfriend was connected to a crew that worked on the highway in that area. Police have never arrested or named anyone in connection with Wilde's disappearance.
“Do you think that there is just one person out there that knows something?” I asked Kingston. "Yeah, I think there's one or more," he replied.
"Don't be afraid to open your mouth and say something if you know something,” said Jane Wilde, pleading. “This is ridiculous. We know lots of people know what happened. And they're just afraid to come forward."
Police say they are asking anyone who knew Wilde in Green Bay or before that in her hometown of Campbellsport in Fond du Lac County to call police.
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