Vigil held for missing woman in Blacksburg


BLACKSBURG, SC (WSPA) – An Upstate community is rallying to find Falon Cooksey. The young mother has been missing almost a month. 

A vigil was held in Blacksburg on Thursday evening.

People lit candles, prayed, and called for answers. 

“Falon and I are two months apart. We were like sisters,” said cousin Jamie Cooksey. “It’s been very hard. I know there’s been nights when I know I haven’t slept.”

Family friend Dana Scruggs says it’s not like Cooksey to just disappear.

“Falon would be active on Facebook. Falon would be in contact with her children,” Scruggs said. “If anybody thought they saw Falon, please come forward.”

They said Cooksey is a mom of two young children, but has a history of drug abuse.

“No matter what mistakes she made, she was always a good mom,” said Jamie Cooksey. 

They said she was last seen June 10th at a store in Blacksburg. Relatives said they filed a missing persons report last week, but knew something was wrong even before that.

“We reached out to people who she was known to be with – and hang out with and tried to see if they had heard from her or seen her and no one says they had,” said Jamie Cooksey. 

Blacksburg Police say they’ve been searching for Cooksey based on tips.

“We’ve searched multiple locations – abandoned houses, shelters. We’ve done two major ground searches,” said Blacksburg Police Chief Jamie Ham. “We’re working multiple theories right now and unfortunately theories have been circulated that have been very time consuming investigations to track down only to find out that they’ve been falsehoods that’s been created.”

Relatives are planning a community-wide search this weekend as their desperation grows with each passing day.

“It’s just the wondering and worrying – where she is,” said Jamie Cooksey. “My gut is telling me she’s not OK.”

The community-wide search is this Saturday. People are meeting at the Dollar General in Blacksburg at 7 a.m.

Chief Ham says police don’t have evidence that a crime has been committed but think something is wrong because of how long Cooksey has been missing.

Anyone who knows of Cooksey’s whereabouts is asked to call Blacksburg Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC and they want to remind everyone they can remain anonymous.

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