Leawood, Kansas Bands Together
John Walsh and Roger celebrate.
In June 2002, 19-year-old Ali Kemp was murdered while working at a neighborhood pool in Leawood, Kansas. Tragically, it was Ali's own father who found her - the killer had shoved her lifeless body into the pump room at the pool.
The story of the people who came together and worked so hard to find justice for Ali Kemp is one that captures the mission of America's Most Wanted -- citizens working with law enforcement to make a difference.
There were few clues and no obvious suspects. But no one in Leawood gave up hope. Then in November 2004, police arrected a suspect. By then Benjamin Appleby was living in Connecticut, but police say back in 2002 he had been living near Leawood and running a pool maintenance company. An anonymous tip had given police the break they needed in the case.
In the darkest moments since his daughter's murder, Roger said, he would remind himself that the world is 99.9 percent good.
John Walsh gave Major Craig Hill a special award on behalf of AMW for his relentless work on Ali's case.
On December 4, 2004, Ali's father, Roger Kemp gathered with police and community volunteers to celebrate their victory. John Walsh and the AMW crew were there too, and the Leawood police presented them with an award for the role AMW played in bringing down Appleby. But AMW had some awards to give as well. John Walsh presented Major Craig Hill with an award on AMW's behalf for his incredible commitment to Ali's case.
Ali's father, Roger Kemp, rose to speak in what was a very emotional moment. He stressed that words couldn't even express his gratitude for what everyone had done to find justice and closure for his family. In the darkest moments since his daughter's murder, Roger said, he would remind himself that the world is 99.9 percent good.
Magically, just a few days later, his words rang truer than he could have known -- the anonymous tipster who led cops to the suspect turned down a $40,000 dollar reward, asking that the money be given to a scholarship fund the Kemps have created in Ali's memory.