Shasta County, Ca — Nearly a year and a half after her disappearance there is still a cloud of mystery over what happened to Ember Skye Graham.
Early next year, Ember Graham would be turning 2 years old. At 6 months the little girl from Happy Valley, California went missing.
The one person who may have known her whereabouts, her father, killed in a shoot-out with police.
“We’re not going to give up and we’re just hoping nobody else gives up too,” said Jamie Graham in an interview with the Redding Record Searchlight.
Speaking to reporters days after six month old Ember Graham disappeared Her mother, Jamie, was still looking for answers.
“She’s still out there somewhere she’s still missing, whether alive or dead, she needs to be found,” said Jamie Graham.
More than a year later, Jamie still doesn’t have her daughter, or closure.
On July 2nd, 2015 baby Ember was reported missing by her father, Matthew Graham.
“Early on in the investigation it was believed an abduction did not occur. The father, Matthew Graham has been a person of interest from the beginning, in this case,” said Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko at a July, 2015 press conference.
What followed was a dramatic chain of events. Ember was reported missing from her crib in Happy Valley California on July 2nd.
On July 3rd Matthew Graham was booked and released in Shasta county jail on an unrelated charge that’s when police say he disappeared.
“Matthew has violated his probation, he’s also believed to be a felon in possession of a firearm and should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Sheriff Bosenko.
The manhunt for Graham began, from Downtown Redding on July 10th to Shasta Lake on July 12th, after reports of a carjacking
Eventually leading police across county lines to a garage in Dusnmuir on July 13th.
“Commands were given for him to surrender, he refused repeated commands and there was another exchange of gunfire and the suspect sustained fatal injuries as a result of the shootout,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey.
Any clues to Ember’s fate died with Matthew Graham, but police did have one lead.
Just days before Matthew Graham’s death detectives say they found evidence of Ember’s whereabouts, a pacifier found on the side of the road about 30 minutes outside of Redding, a DNA match to Ember.
“Searchers geared up and started searching the area alongside the roadways for further evidence and also for baby Graham,” said Sheriff Bosenko.
Since then the trail has gone cold. Several months later the Shasta county sheriff’s office said in a statement:
“Ember’s case is Open and [we] can not elaborate on the progress that has been made other than we continue to follow up on information received and continue to review evidence previously obtained during the investigation.”
A statement leaving more questions than answers as to the whereabouts of Ember Skye Graham.
“We’re not giving up on her, just because there isn’t any new information doesn’t mean we’re going to stop,” said Jamie Graham.
If you have any information or if you saw something unusual in the Happy Valley or Ono area of Shasta County at the time of Ember’s disappearance call the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.
Matt earned a Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Before joining NBC5 News, Matt spent a year in Alexandria, Louisiana as a reporter and anchor for KALB News. Matt was also a production assistant at KEZI 9 News in Eugene and an intern at CNN.
In addition to being passionate about news and weather, Matt loves his Oregon Ducks, the outdoors, craft beer and time with his dogs.