March 13, 2011 is the 3rd year anniversary of Rachel Conger’s disappearance.
Each Spring as the sun shines warmer and daffodils bloom on cool mornings, I’m reminded that Rachel is still missing, taken from our world way too soon. Each year, on the morning of the anniversary of the day Rachel went missing, I sit to write something to honor her memory, and each year I wish it to be the last time.
Honoring Rachel today, as in years past, to me, is honoring all of the mothers missing from their children. Although she may be missing from our earthly lives, as I once again look over her pictures, I’m reminded of the impact she’s made on the world, I see the day differently through the eyes looking back at me. Although I didn’t know her personally, through these pictures and memories of her family, she has become close to many, reminding us that lives can be changed in an instant and those changes are far reaching.
Today marks the third year Rachel’s daughter, Amber Simmons, has been without the mother who dearly, dearly loves her. We have watched as Amber has grown from a mere child to a beautiful young lady filled with much of the spirit of her mother. There are many surrogate “Mamabears” who vow to keep an eye out for this young lady, watching over her and taking her under our wings when needed.
Each year she whispers softly to us, reminding us all to take care, to love more, to reach out further, to be reminded that there is a family who starts every day silently hoping it will be the day that she will be found.
Her light is gone, her voice is silenced, but we will continue to gather, united in prayer and hope that the light and love she left in this world will shine upon the path that, one day, will bring her home and give her family peace.
What more can we say, what more can we do, to bring her home?
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Henry County Sheriff’s Department
Sheriff Monte Belew or (retired) Investigator Mike Smothers
If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons using the contact form below or contact Cue Center at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tipline (910) 232-1687.
NamUs Missing Person Case #MP 5106