Families of Missing Find Each Other
Posted: 5/25/2006 10:17:00 PM
Updated: 5/26/2006 9:52:03 AM
Thursday’s “Without a Trace” featured a familiar face. The show displayed a photo of 2-year-old Analyce Guerra, a Smyrna toddler who disappeared without a trace last month.
Coincidentally, Thursday was National Missing Children's Day. On this day, families of the missing found ways to support each other through a new organization.
Thursday, Analyce's case received national attention, and the families of other missing children received some local help.
Family members of the missing met at the Metro Police precinct. They've formed an alliance to offer support to families and to help find children, including Analyce.
Little Analyce Guerra disappeared more than a month ago. The harsh reality of the situation has just started to hit the family. Her 4-year-old sister sometimes wakes up crying.
“She'll grab my cell phone and say: ‘Hi, Ana. What are you doing? When are you coming home?’” the mother of the missing toddler, Eva Guerra said.
Their mother Eva has printed new missing signs.
“You can see her birthmark on this one,” Guerra said.
She has even posted a handwritten letter to the person who has her little girl.
“I pray the Lord touches your heart, and you bring her back home,” Guerra said.
That same prayer has echoed for years by families in Middle Tennessee. They're from different cities but share similar stories of loved ones gone missing.
Tabitha Tuders disappeared on her way to a bus stop three years ago.
“They're going through the same stuff we're going through. They’re like us,” said the father of missing teen, Bo Tuders.
A mother and daughter, Jennifer and Adrianna Wix, vanished in 2004.
“We would never have met, and now we're friends. We belong to a club nobody wants to belong to,” daughter and granddaughter of the missing women Kathy Holloway said.
“I remember being in Wal-Marts and other stores and seeing those photos of missing teenagers and think: ‘I can't imagine what those families are going through.’ Now I know,” Guerra said.
Eva Guerra plans to be part of the Tennessee Alliance for the Families of the Missing.
The group is new to Tennessee, but pledges to do whatever it takes to offer support to families and aid in the searches.
For more information on the Tennessee Alliance for the Families of the Missing, click here.
Also, tune into the “CBS Early Show” Friday morning. The show will feature a special segment on Analyce's disappearance.