Missing woman's family struggles during holidays

December 24, 2011 6:07:20 PM PST
The holidays are a time when so many families travel to be with one another, but the gathering this year is not as happy for one Houston family.

They are missing a loved one who disappeared in early October.

This Christmas, the gift they seek is her return.

Outside this southeast Houston house, there are no festive holiday lights. Inside, a family speaks of a loved one in the past tense.

This is Lillian High's home, and three of her children were there Christmas Eve -- Earl High, Amy McClure and Betsy Krevosky.

"She loved her family. She loved her kids. She loved her grandkids. And [there] was nothing she wouldn't do for anybody," High said.

"It's day by day," Krevosky said.

The three siblings still struggle with the loss of their 82-year-old mother who disappeared 82 days ago.

"We have nothing more today than we did on October 3rd," High said.

Lillian was on her way to work at a Chase Bank, driving a rented car, but she never made it. She was in good health, but without her needed medication.

It's as though she vanished.

"People just don't disappear," McClure said. "She's real and she mattered."

"We all have a hole in our heart that we miss her with, and we're looking for closure and to bring her home," High said.

Despite an exhaustive search and a $20,000 reward for information, Lillian's children know nothing more about what happened to their mother than they did nearly three months ago.

It is difficult being in her home this weekend, gathering as they often did for holidays.

Over time, the siblings say they'd drifted from one another. They are again drawn to one another in the wake of this tragedy.

"Mom's disappearance has brought a lot of us back together again. It got a lot of us talking, and a lot of emotion. A lot of love," Krevosky said.

Lillian loved her church and her God. Their faith, they tell us, assures them they will find their mother and they will find closure.

"We'll remember mom," High said. "She won't be forgotten."

Lillian High was last driving a black, four-door Dodge Avenger with license plate number CD6J492.

If you have information, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


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