As Arthur Ream’s potential victim count increases, it is believed that Cynthia Coon could be one of his earliest victims. Coon disappeared almost five decades ago. Now, investigators believe that Cynthia Coon’s cold case might be connected to Ream.
Who Is Cynthia Coon?
Michigan authorities and the FBI are digging up the wooded area in Macomb Township for at least six young girls who went missing decades ago. Arthur Ream, a convicted predator, led police to the remains of Cindy Zarzycki, who he had buried there.
Ream reportedly boasted to fellow inmates that he killed others. After reopening the case of Kimberley King, authorities went back to the site Zarzycki was found to search for the remains of other missing girls.
After King, it was suspected that missing girls, Kellie Brownlee, Kim Larrow, and Nadine O’Dell may have also been buried there. As the search for the missing girls intensifies, Cynthia Coon was added as a potential victim.
Cynthia was 13 when she was last seen in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County. It was January 19, 1970, before Ream’s first prison sentence.
Ream served jail time from 1975 to 1980 for sexually assaulting a child. But several women claim to have been sexually assaulted by him over several years. It is suspected that he may have something to do with Kimberley King’s disappearance in 1979, when he was out on parole.
Though Cynthia Coon and the other victims aren’t believed to be related, police have probable cause to believe they are all Ream’s victims.
The Case of Cynthia Coon
Born on March 24, 1956, Cynthia Coon would have turned 62 years old in 2018. Her missing persons report described her as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes.
Among her distinguishing features, Cynthia had straight teeth with no fillings. She never had dental work done prior to her disappearance, which means there are no dental records available. There are also no DNA records available.
She was last seen wearing a tan coat, black boots, a multi-colored scarf, and a hat. She was also carrying a colored book bag, and had about two or three dollars on her.
Cynthia lived in the 1406 block of Warrington with her parents, Dr. William W. Coon and his wife. She was often called by her nickname, Cindy.
En Route to School
Cynthia Coon was a student at Forsythe Junior High School in the 1655 block of Newport Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to the 1970 report, she disliked riding the bus to school. So, she would often walk for a mile to get there.
On the morning of January 19, Cynthia left her house at around 7:30 a.m. to go to school on foot. But school officials said that the teen wasn’t in her classes that day. When she didn’t return home either, her parents reported her missing.
Authorities said that Cynthia had no issues and no history of running away. She was reportedly spotted few days after she disappeared, but there were no leads.
She Reportedly Contacted Her Parents
Cynthia Coon’s case took a curious twist when the girl reportedly contacted her parents. The distraught parents received two phone calls from Cynthia in April 1970 within a two-hour period. The calls reportedly came from Detroit.
Cynthia allegedly didn’t know her whereabouts, or was unwilling to tell her parents where she was. Eventually, efforts to trace her location failed.
Police ruled out foul play at the time, because there were multiple reported sightings of the girl in the Ann Arbor area.
But then the family received an extortion-type call on May 5, 1970. Neither the extortionists nor Cynthia contacted the family again.
Cynthia Coon’s disappearance has been a cold case for 48 years —until now. It is suspected that she may have been one of Arthur Ream’s victims. However, it’s too soon to tell if Ream was present in the Ann Arbor area when Cynthia was allegedly spotted, or if he had anything to do with the extortion call.