It’s been two years since Emily Hieber disappeared without a trace.
“She was very funny. She would crack jokes all the time, and she just thought she was the funniest person ever. And that smile. That smile would just light up a room,” said her mother, Jenny Jimenez.
Jenny says it’s been a long two years, and they are not any closer to finding Emily.
“The day I realized I needed to file a missing persons report was the hardest day of my life, and it’s just gotten harder ever since.
Since the 19-year-old’s disappearance in 2013, Emily’s family has left no stone unturned in their search to bring her home.
“I think I’m just at a loss,” said Jenny. “Because I don’t know what else to do. We’ve done everything. We’ve got the flyers. We have billboards. We’ve got a reward.”
Investigators have conducted dozens of interviews and have followed leads in Arizona, California, and across the border, but Emily is no where to be found.
Many rumors have been swirling around about Emily’s disappearance, including those of murder, but police still have no proof.
“Until I know for sure, they are just rumors and stories to me right now. Until there is more behind one of them,” said Jenny.
After hitting dead ends for the past 24 months, police are now calling this a cold case–leaving it an unsolved mystery.
That classification is also leaving many unanswered questions on her mom’s mind.
“I can’t believe that now it’s been so long, we haven’t been able to find her, and now she’s a cold case. It just doesn’t make any sense. I just think of her out there, and I don’t know if she’s okay. I don’t know if she’s not okay. Either way she needs to come home, and she needs to be with her family. ”
Even though the case remains cold, Jenny’s desire to find her daughter is burning now more than ever.
“We can’t give up. She’s out there somewhere. We have to find her. We need that person to come forward who hasn’t come forward yet to let us know where she is,” said Jenny.
Two years later and Jenny’s message to Emily remains the same.
“We miss you. We love you. We want you home. That’s what I want to hear again—just her walking through the door and saying, ‘Hi, Mom!’ That’s what I want.”