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Ohio Rescue Gives Hope to Local Families With Missing Loved Ones

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Missing Spartanburg woman Evelyn Shelton Missing Spartanburg woman Evelyn Shelton

Rita Mims couldn't believe the news as she watched the discovery of three missing women held captive for years in Cleveland, Ohio.

"This is such a faith booster," said Mims.

Mims is still searching for her missing niece Evelyn Shelton. Nearly two year ago Shelton disappeared from Spartanburg after leaving a friend's home.

"We just want answers," said Mims. "We want closure. And ultimately we would want to have her home safe just like those three women who were saved."

Mims says her heart goes out to family members in Ohio who spent years searching. Via SKYPE, Derrica Wilson says the same.

"Dealing with the unknown is a tragedy for anyone having to experience not knowing if they are going to see their loved one again, if they are going to walk through the front door, wondering if they are eating or they are cold."

Wilson is from Spartanburg. She started the Black and Missing Foundation after the 2004 disappearance of Tamika Huston. She was last seen at a Spartanburg apartment.

"We want these families to experience this same type of feeling to be hopeful," said Wilson. "It doesn't matter how long your loved one has been missing. If they are missing, we want you to be hopeful."

The FBI says 2,300 American children and adults are reported missing daily. But Mims says community members keeping their eyes open and reporting leads to police can change that number.

"We're always looking and wondering where she could be because it could be the same scenario. She could just be five miles away," said Mims.

May 20th marks the two-year anniversary of Evelyn Shelton's disappearance. Her family is holding a Day of Remembrance on Saturday, May 18th at 3PM. The event will be held at Life With Jesus Ministries at 150 Outlet Road in Spartanburg.

The Day of Remembrance is for anyone missing a loved one, and it is open to the public.

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