I don't want to write this article. Why, you may ask? Because I was hoping and praying that long before now Rachel Conger would have been found, this case solved, and her daughter, Amber, would be embarking on a new phase of her life, finding a semblance of peace in knowing where her mother will rest.
This picture is one of my favorites of Rachel, although there are so many that radiate her beauty, this one radiates her love. I can imagine this day as she walked along the path with Amber, having a great time that day, as she looks over at her daughter, beaming with pride. Maybe, at the time, Amber didn't realize it, but I'm sure she felt the energy of her mother's love for her.
Rachel Conger was missing for just a few months when I first became aware of her case. What drew me, as well as many others, to her case was Amber. Reading about all the things that Amber was willing to do to help in the search for her mother was astounding to me. Raising money by having bake sales, car washes, any way she could think of, was a huge endeavor for a 13 year old living in a small town like Paris, TN. Like so many other families with missing loved ones, no stone was left unturned in trying to bring attention to their case, but no 13 year old should have to spend her time like this, searching for her mother.
It's just so hard for me to believe that it's been 2 years! With the help of missing persons organizations, like CUE Center for Missing Persons, massive searches and investigations have been done, yet Rachel is still missing. I just knew that she would be found, and I still hold that belief! She will be found, maybe not today or tomorrow, but her time is coming soon.
Amber is now 15, a beautiful teenager trying to carry on a "normal" teenage life. She has a close knit family who love her dearly and watch out for her well being. She still works on keeping her mother's memory alive and would love to have her case featured on Investigation Discovery's new television show, "Disappeared" which does an amazing job of bringing the facts of missing persons cases into our living rooms in hopes that someone who watches holds the key to a resolution of the cases which they feature.
The family of Rachel Conger has connected with many other missing person's families as well as others who advocate and support them online.
Today there will be an "internet" candlelight vigil for all who have become close these past two years. Please light a candle and say a prayer in Rachel's name that she is found soon. Keep Amber and the rest of the family in your prayers as well. Go to the Facebook event and instructions and links can be found.
Rachel Conger Online Anniversary Vigil