Family of missing woman speaks out for the first time hoping it leads to answers

Posted at 8:42 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 04:27:43-04

HASKELL, Okla. - For the first time the family of a woman who's been missing for six years speaks out hoping it'll lead to answers. 

29-year-old Misty Dawn Faulkner went missing on January 14, 2011 near Jay, Oklahoma, but her family says they know just as much now as they did then. 

Her mother Tammy Snow remembers the day started just like any other. 

"I know that she called her grandmother and told her that she was going to stop by Walmart and get some groceries for her lunch for Saturday," she said. 

Officials say Misty left work and went to the grocery store around 8:30 p.m. 

According to them, she sat in the car talking on the phone but when her grandfather went out to check on her an hour later she was gone. 

She left her groceries, cell phone and purse all in the car. 

"I feel like someone kidnapped her," her mother said. 

From the beginning Tammy and her family said the story didn't sound right. 

"She would've never left any of her kids," said Misty's great aunt Carol Marlow. Her sons now thirteen and eleven. 

Tammy said she knows someone knows something. 

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office said it's been investigating the case as a homicide from the beginning even though there's no evidence she's dead. 

They said the most recent tip about two months ago when it received a call someone was buried in a rural area. 

They found nothing and later found what was buried wasn't a human, and had been buried years after Misty disappeared.

But the department insists it follows up on every lead it gets.

The family says they're frustrated they haven't heard much from the sheriff's office, but the office told 2 Works for You why that is. 

"We wouldn't intentionally put those folks through the emotional strain without having some solid facts," said Captain Gayle Wells.

"There's a good chance I'll never know what happened to my daughter," Tammy said. 

But she said her mother's intuition tells her even if authorities found her it wouldn't be as the considerate, outgoing young woman they knew. 

"You can't help but carry a little bit of hope but I don't believe she's alive," said her Aunt Carol. 

For now, all the family has are photos; reminders of prom, graduation and the good times, even though they hope answers and closure will come.

"I miss her everyday," her mother said. "I'm proud to be her mother, very proud."

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