PIEDMONT — Lori Hill wakes up every morning hoping it will be the day her daughter comes home.
Anne Hill, 16, of Piedmont, was last seen April 11 in the north Oklahoma City/Edmond area. A friend she was with told police she left his house about midnight, but he did not know where she was going.
Nearly a month after her disappearance, the pain and stress are visible in Lori Hill’s eyes as she gazes at a portrait of her daughter.
Her home is quiet, and there are reminders of Anne everywhere. Hundreds of fliers sit in her car and a pile of patches that read “bring back Anne Josette” litter her dining room table.
“I know somebody knows something,” Lori Hill said. “We need to just find that person who can give us the clue to help find her.”
Family and friends of Anne plan to hold a candlelight vigil at 8:30 p.m. Friday in E.C. Hafer Park in Edmond. It will mark 30 days since she was last seen.
Anne’s car was found April 16 in Edmond, and Oklahoma City police served a search warrant at a condo near Hefner and Meridian on April 25, but did not find any evidence to suggest Anne has been harmed. They are still treating it as a missing person case, police said.
Lori Hill hasn’t been to work at Yukon Middle School in a month, and her sons, Reggie and Ira, have left their lives in Okarche and Stillwater to dedicate their time to finding Anne.
They have printed more than 10,000 fliers and have knocked on more doors than they care to count. They’ve been through Anne’s phone records and tracked down every person who may have spoken to her looking for answers.
But none have come.
“We’ve turned over every rock we can look under,” she said. “We’re out of ideas. We’re just hoping that someone out there will see something or tell us something.”
A month gone and no closer to finding Anne, Lori Hill said she’s found solace in the kindness shown by her friends, co-workers and even complete strangers.
Volunteers at the Center for Search and Investigations of Oklahoma have donated their time to conducting an independent investigation to locate her.
Everything at work has been taken care of, she said, and people and businesses have donated space on billboards for Anne’s picture.
There have been money donations for fliers and a man even offered to post a reward for information. In honor of Anne this week, students at Casady School wore green, her favorite color.
But despite the ongoing support, Lori Hill said she can’t rest easy.
She has spent so much time staying busy and working to find Anne to no avail, but Lori Hill said down times can be the hardest to deal with.
“I try not to think of the dark things that might be happening to her and the darkness she could be witnessing. She’s a tough cookie, but the possibilities out there ... you don’t want for anybody.”
Lori Hill asked anyone with information about Anne’s whereabouts to please contact police or the Center for Search and Investigations.
“We want her home, but we would like her to be safe and happy most of all,” she said. “Knowing she’s OK would be such a relief.”
Candlelight vigil for Anne Hill
•When: 8:30 p.m. Friday at E.C. Hafer Park, 1034 S Bryant St., Edmond
•Description: Anne is described as 5-foot-4, 125 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.
•Who to phone: Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to call Oklahoma City Crime
•Reward: Callers are guaranteed anonymity and could receive up to $1,000 for information.