Friends and family of a missing Lathrop woman are holding out hope that she will be found alive.
A vigil was held Saturday at the Lathrop City Park in Carol Jo Thompson's honor.
The occasion was a birthday, but the message was hope. A hope that has been strained in the nearly three months since Thompson went missing.
"She would have been 51, or she is 51. I don't want to say 'would have' because I haven't given up hope that she is still alive," said Judy Courtney, Thompson's sister.
Loved ones last saw Thompson on June 15 at her home about 8 miles east of Lathrop, and she has not been seen or heard from since. She left behind her car, her keys, her purse and her medication. Thompson had a heart condition and suffered from multiple sclerosis.
"Something happened June 15 that none of us know, and we are hoping that somebody will have an answer," Courtney said.
On the Missouri Highway Patrol's website for emergency missing alerts, there are four active alerts and two of them are local.
One is baby Lisa Irwin and the other is Thompson.
A box held prayers left by those attending, about 40 altogether, including the mother of baby Lisa, Debbie Bradley, who read a poem she had written for Thompson and Thompson's steadfast sister who comforted Bradley as she took comfort herself from those in attendance.
"Everybody that has been supporting me through all of this, through Facebook, through phone calls. I wanted to meet them in honor of Carol," Courtney said.
A $1,500 reward is available for anyone with information that might lead authorities to Thompson.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Caldwell County Sheriff's Department at 816-586-2751 or 911.
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