The family of a missing Indiana mother is clinging to hope that she’s still alive after she abruptly vanished in June.
Dawnita Wilkerson, 44, disappeared on Father’s Day and hasn’t been heard from since, NBC News' Dateline reported.
“We just feel like something is wrong,” Julia Womack, the woman’s aunt, told Dateline. Otherwise, she would have gotten in contact with one of us.”
Wilkerson, the mother of six children, walked out her brother’s home in Evansville, Indiana on June 21, announcing she’d be back shortly, her family said. She hasn’t been seen since. Wilkerson had been staying with her brother at the time.
"We're still thinking positive and thinking in the present tense," Nora Martin, another aunt, told the Evansville Courier and Press. "We are going to be relentless and do everything we can to find her. We need money to continue printing flyers and traveling to other towns. We want her face to be everywhere."
Wilkerson’s 15-year-old twin girls first noticed their mother had disappeared, according to NBC News.
“She’s always in contact with the twins,” Womack added. “But suddenly they couldn’t reach her. And her phone went dark around 9 a.m. on Monday.”
The family said the twins routinely spoke with their mother each day.
“Somebody always knows where she is," Womack said. "And suddenly everybody just stopped hearing from her. We knew something had to be wrong.”
Evansville Police Department subsequently conducted several unsuccessful searches. The case is open and ongoing.
“We just want her back,” Womack said. “Whoever took her, just bring her back. We have forgiven — but now we just need her back.”
Wilkerson’s family described the Indiana mother as being “laid back” and having a “heart of gold.”
"As long as she was with friends having fun, she was good," her daughter Kiahnna told the Evansville Courier and Press.”
Wilkerson is five feet, three inches tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds. She has dark hair and brown eyes.
"I know she's still out there," Womack told the Evansville Courier and Press. "I just know it. I can feel it in my gut. We will leave no stone unturned."
Detectives are urging anyone who may have information related to Wilkerson’s whereabouts to call the Evansville Police Department at 812-436-7979 or submit an anonymous tip at 1-800-782-7463.
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