LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Tuesday marked six years since Smyer-native Maegan Hembree went missing.
Maegan was 30 years old when she was last seen at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2013. She was driving her red two-door Saturn from her home in Smyer to visit a friend in Lubbock. She never arrived. Her son was 5 at the time his mother went missing.
According to officials, Maegan was last seen with Michael Todd Ramsey, a man she had reportedly met just a few months earlier.
Three days after Maegan went missing, officials say they found Ramsey with Maegan’s car. Ramsey was taken into custody and questioned multiple times about the case, but no charges relating to this case have been filed. A year after she went missing, Ramsey was in possession of Maegan’s cell phone SIM card. Lubbock County investigators discovered a small drop of blood in her car, but there was not enough evidence to formally charge him with her disappearance.
In September 2018, Ramsey was sentenced to 80 years in Van Zandt County after being convicted of evading from police and possessing methamphetamine; a crime which happened in April 2015. Deputies tried to pull Ramsey over for a traffic violation, but after a pursuit, he ran from the vehicle. They were not able to find him. When officials searched the vehicle, they found military records, a social security card, love letters, pictures and meth.
The investigation revealed Ramsey was a wanted person with a parole violation who assumed the identity of Wayne Michael Horton, a deceased military veteran. He was caught in October 2015 where he was indicted for evading and possession of a controlled substance.
When Maegan’s father learned Ramsey had been arrested, Jerry Hembree contacted the Van Zandt County District Attorney Chris Martin, hoping he could help him find Maegan. Martin promised to dismiss all state charges in Van Zandt County if Ramsey would cooperate and help find Maegan. Ramsey didn’t take the deal and asked for an attorney.
It has been six years since Maegan went missing. There is not a crime scene.
Maegan is 4′11 and weighs 120 pounds. She has dark blonde hair and green eyes. She has a large Houston Astros logo tattoo on the back of her neck, and a tattoo on her lower left leg. She was last seen wearing pajama pants and a hooded sweatshirt.
If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office at (806) 894-3126 or Crime Line at 806-741-1000.
Investigators with the Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit continue to search for answers and are asking for the public’s help to bring closure to her family.
Through a new partnership, Kerby and Wade Law Offices in Lubbock is dedicating an additional $5,000 to the original Crime Line Reward, bringing the total possible reward to $10,000. Callers can remain anonymous.