Sister of Missing Des Moines Teen: ‘Something is Definitely Wrong’

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Polk County authorities are continuing to search for a missing 17-year-old who was last seen Saturday.

Authorities searched a pond near the party where Kemp was last seen Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. (WHO-HD)
Authorities searched a pond near the party where Kemp was last seen. (WHO-HD)

Candice Carr said it’s unusual for her younger brother Sam Kemp to not be in contact with his family.

“It’s been very agonizing not knowing where he is,” she said. ” He would always call. Something is definitely wrong.”

Kemp’s mother told police her son attended a party in Granger on Saturday night and alerted authorities Sunday when she hadn’t heard from him.

Polk County Sgt. Brandon Bracelin said the Metro Star Dive Team searched a pond behind a home at 9888 NW 119th Court on Monday and Tuesday. The house is where more than 300 kids, including Kemp, were partying Saturday night.

Police say officers broke up the party and Kemp left on foot. He has not been heard from since.

Dive teams will do another search Thursday around 10 a.m. and authorities hope to get an Iowa State Patrol plane to do an aerial search as well. Bracelin said several deputies and detectives will be searching the perimeter where the party took place on ATVs.

“All we have right now is a juvenile at a party. Police came, and he took off. That’s what we have as of right now,” Bracelin said.

Carr said she’s not satisfied with the search effort by authorities.

“I just feel like they are not even trying to incorporate us in trying to help find him or anything,  and it’s really making the family upset,” she said.

They plan to begin searching on their own, hoping for a safe return.

“I believe we are going to find Sammy, and he is going  to come home safely. I still believe that. I’m not giving up hope,” Carr said.

Kemp is a junior at Scavo High School in Des Moines.

Police describe Kemp as a black male, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds with blonde/brown dreads. He was last seen wearing a black Nike sweatshirt with white Nike logo on it, along with dark blue jeans and blue shoes.

Bracelin said that while authorities are still interviewing witnesses, they could use more leads. The public is urged to come forward with any information regarding Kemp’s whereabouts by calling the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 515-286-3333.


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