Police say she is dead. But the family of Angela Biggers, 48, is holding out hope she might one day return.
Nightly candlelight vigils are taking place outside the north Oklahoma City home where Biggers lived. She has not been seen by her family since Dec. 5.
The idea to light candles each night at dusk was that of her youngest daughter, Janet Biggers, 12.
â€œI want to guide her home,â€ Janet Biggers said Monday night.
She and older brother Corey Preciado, 21, lit the gallon drinking water jugs that have been fashioned into weighted candleholders around the front lawn of her mother's home at dusk.
â€œI want my mom back,â€ Janet Biggers said. She said she'll continue the nightly ritual for â€œa long time.â€
â€œWe do it every single night,â€ daughter Jenea Biggers said.
Jenea Biggers, 29, of Oklahoma City, said the family hasn't stopped hoping her mother returns.
â€œEvery light in the house is on,â€ Jenea Biggers said. â€œThis is where she (Angela Biggers) is supposed to be and is supposed to come home to. We're lighting the candles to show her the way.â€
Jenea Biggers said all the kids and grandchildren are at the home each night, and about 15 to 20 visitors outside of the immediate family usually show.
There has not been much light shed on the case however, Jenea Biggers said.
â€œWe don't know a lot right now,â€ Jenea Biggers said. Police â€œare not telling us a lot.â€
Jenea Biggers said the family is currently gathering reward money for information that â€œbrings her home.â€
Ronald Seth Banks, 34, the boyfriend of Angela Biggers, is in the Oklahoma County jail on a murder complaint in connection with her death. Banks had not been charged as of Monday. Family members are continuing to circulate fliers about her disappearance.
Banks was arrested Dec. 11 in Fort Worth, Texas, at a bus station. In an affidavit filed in Oklahoma County, police reported that a friend of Biggers found the front door kicked in at her home at 2326 NW 35.
Police state that in phone calls made after midnight Dec. 7 Banks told others, â€˜the only thing going for me is no body, no crime,â€ and that â€œsomething bad happened.â€
Monday, Capt. Patrick Stewart, Oklahoma City police spokesman, said there have been no new developments in the search for Angela Biggers since Banks was brought back to Oklahoma County from Texas.
Her car was found Dec. 13 at an apartment complex at SE 15 and High Avenue. The affidavit filed in Oklahoma County states Banks told a friend â€œshe won't be reporting anything stolen.â€
â€œI just wish they (police) had leads or something,â€ Jenea Biggers said. â€œYou never think you're going to be that family. You pray for others, but you never thought that it would be you.â€
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