Five year anniversary of Lubbock woman's disappearance - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/12/09

Five year anniversary of Lubbock woman's disappearance

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In the last five years Jennifer Wilkerson's family has never stopped searching for her. To this day there are still no definite answers of what happened, but Jennifer's mother Vikki Wilkerson continues to hope that someday that will change.

Not a day goes by that Wilkerson doesn't wake up thinking about her daughter. "I pretty much lived as a zombie, I mean I don't even think we were just numb that it was even happening and stayed that way for several years, I'm still numb sometimes," said Wilkerson.

On Monday July 13th Jennifer Wilkerson will be missing for five years.  In 2004, the 26-year-old left her boyfriend's house in Lubbock one morning never to be seen again.

In the course of those years, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office has followed up on hundreds of leads, but still no Jennifer. "Nobody has come forward and gave us true facts of where she is so that we can bring her home one way or another," said Wilkerson.  

Wilkerson has come to the realization that she doesn't think Jennifer is still alive. "In my heart I don't, but her dad feels like she is, so that's what we hope it is," said Wilkerson.

There has never been a memorial service for Jennifer, but her mother has considered throwing a party to remember her life. "I was real excited about it and kind of in the planning stage and then I backed off because it hit me one morning that was too final and even though what I feel like in my heart, I'd be devastated to have it proven," said Wilkerson.

And as the fifth year of Jennifer's disappearance is coming and going, Wilkerson pleads for anyone to come forward with information. "Just let us know if they know anything at all so that we can put our minds and hearts to rest and find her," said Wilkerson.

Wilkerson says she thinks about her daughter every night before she goes to bed, but breaking down just isn't an option. "If she thought that any of this has destroyed us, it would break her heart, so I'm not always strong, but I keep going, I will," said Wilkerson.  

The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate leads in this case. 

If you have any information about the disappearance of Jennifer Wilkerson. Please call the Lubbock County's Sheriff's Office at 775-1601.

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