5th Anniversary of Ali Gilmore's Disappearance

A Tallahassee woman vanished without a trace five years ago today (February 3, 2006) and there is still no sign of Ali Gilmore and no explanation of what happened to her.

Her disappearance still baffles family and friends and police admit the trail of tips and clues has gone cold.

It was a whodunnit then and a whodunnit now. Ali Gilmore disappeared from her home five years ago today.

"This is pretty surprising, shocking for us."

That was friend and neighbor Scot Poppell in February 2006. He still lives right around the corner.

"She was one of the reasons why it was a nice neighborhood. She was such a nice person and it's said in five years, we haven't heard anything," Poppell said.

"I'm not really too optomistic at five years to find out more. I mean, that would be one of those awesome stories that you hear about if you do," he said.

Gilmore - who was 30 and pregnant when she disappeared - was reported missing when she failed to show up for work. Her home showed no signs of break in or struggle, her purse untouched, her car still in the driveway. And no one ever heard from her again.

"I feel like she's no longer with us and God forgive me if I am wrong," said Ali Gilmore's mother Laurvetta McLawrence from her home in West Palm Beach.

Gilmore's mother still has a missing sign in her front yard and still waits for that phone call.

"I'm ill and I just pray and ask God to let me be around for some kind of closure," McLawrence said.

Despite the fingerprinting, interviewing and searching, police have never been able to find Gilmore, dead or alive.

"We have names of people that we have looked very closely at, but to say that we have a person that we could provide to the public as a suspect? Not at this time," TPD Spokesman David McCranie said.

Gilmore's mother is convinced someone in Tallahassee knows something. It's okay to remain anonymous, she says, but not silent.

You can hear more of our interview with Ali Gilmore's mother later this month in a special report called "The Waiting" which profiles families in unsolved crimes. That's coming up February 20th and 21st.

If you have information that could help solve this case ... call Tallahassee Police or Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS


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  • by Faith Location: Tallahassee on Feb 4, 2011 at 03:49 PM
    It's seems funny all the v gils, all the gatherings Mr. Gilmore nor is family attended? All the shows Nancy Grace, Gearldo, Maury no Mr. Gilmore but Date Line interview he was actually laughing we the interview asked did he have something to do with his wifes disappearance. I to agree with Cheryl.
  • by Agreed Location: Tally on Feb 4, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    I too feel as if the husband was and is the only suspect.. People do not vanish they are either killed or abducted.. A pregnant mother would have wanted nothing but to do what is best for her baby.. He on the other hand wanted the total opposite.. Thats ok because he may not pay here on Earth but he will be paying. Prayers and Best Wishes go out to the family and friends.. My God continue to watch over Ali and baby and keep them safe until his return.. God bless all of us people..
  • by Dee Location: Florida on Feb 3, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    I also agree with Cheryl.I think the husband is the one to investigate.He'll slip sooner or later His story never added up for me.He even act shady.It's been five years and I think about Ali all the time.I never had the pleasure to meet her.It a shame that if somebody out there know anything and won't come forward.Whoever you are you need to give this family closure.The family are in my prayers.God Bless
  • by sosad Location: home on Feb 3, 2011 at 06:45 PM
    I agree with Cheryl..Reinvestigate again. all the parties from the beginning to the end.Husband first and so on. There are too many cold case muders left unsolved in Tallahasee. this lady looks like a law abiding citizen and she desrved to be found if foul play was involved. Now the Killer is walking around scot free. with no dame remorse to the family and no one else . If you read this you Murderer turn yourself in and anyone that might know something Fess up.It might be your love ones next....God is waiting and watching you,,,,,I am tired of all the crimes and killing in my hometown..Thugs have taken over it..
  • by CHeryl Location: Florida on Feb 3, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. McLawrence. A parent NEVER expects to outlive their child. But it is so much worse not knowing, not having closure, not having your child and never meeting your unborn grandchild. God forgive me if I am wrong, but I still think her husband had something to do with it. Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't a foundation poured somewhere near her home? Someone knows something. Bust up that foundation. Bust up everything in the surrounding area. There are clues SOMEWHERE!!!!!!!!!
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