Columbus families continue search for missing loved ones

Columbus families continue search for missing loved ones

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It is every parent’s worst fear… their child going missing.

Unfortunately, there are several people from Columbus who have been missing for years.

I talked with friends and family of two open missing persons’ cases. Both said they will never stop searching.

Nicky Peters and Sarah King-Kemp share a connection no one would like to have.

“He went missing actually it was new years of 2013," Peters said. "That was the last time family saw him, talked to him.”

“When she didn’t call me back by 12:00, I put in a missing report and I knew something wasn’t right," King-Kemp said. "You know if you would’ve had a sister or if you do have siblings, you wouldn’t imagine you’d be out here passing flyers or saying ‘hey you’ve seen this person?’”

Paul Akins hasn’t been seen in over six years. Erin Collier disappeared just over one year ago. But Peters and King-Kemp have become advocates for their loved ones, never giving up the search.

“It’s hard explaining to your kids every time you put your shoes on," King-Kemp said, "where you going, to look for your aunt Erin.”

Peters even started a Facebook page called ‘Help for the Missing of Columbus, Georgia, and Phenix City, Alabama.’

She hopes it catches the attention of law enforcement.

“I really wish they would bring a cold case unit back because that would help a lot," Peters said. "In Lee County, Alabama, their DA just hired someone specifically to work cold cases and I wish Columbus would follow suit in that.”

King-Kemp organized the first ‘March for the Missing’ to bring attention to the number of missing people here. Peters and King-Kemp both want closure.

“You know send a message to one of the pages if you have any information, or if you’ve heard anything" Peters said. "The police may not be able to track every little tip, but we can.”

“Right now I don’t even care if we get justice," King-Kemp said. "Right now, so if you did it, make an anonymous tip, tell us where she is, because you’re going to have to answer to God and that’s a whole other part.”

King-Kemp said she and PEters will never stop searching and raising awareness about Columbus’ missing people. One day they hope, they’ll get the closure they’re looking for.

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