BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It seems, more and more, missing persons cases end in tragedy. The months and, sometimes, years waiting to find out what happened to a love one are agonizing. One family in Fairfield is still searching for their relative seven months after she disappeared.
Kierra Stubbs got into a car on April 24th with a man who said he could help fix her car. She was never seen again. Seven months later, her family is still holding out hope that Kierra will come home.
“It’s a nightmare,” said Ora Stubbs, Kierra’s grandmother. We spoke with her Monday night at their home in Fairfield. Their nightmare has endured for last seven months.
“You can’t sleep. Your days are not right. You can’t think half the time,” explained Ora. Kierra’s mother was too distraught to talk to us, but was in the room.
“We thought maybe a couple of weeks, you know, but this long? You don’t know what happened. You don’t know is she dead? Is she living? We just don’t know. That is so hard,” said Ora.
On April 24th, Kierra Stubbs was driven to a Boost Mobile store on 3rd Avenue by her brother to meet a man whom she called a friend — who offered to help her repair the brakes on her car. She got into the man’s car and hasn’t been seen since, leaving her family worried.
The Stubbs aren’t alone, though. There are more than 100 active missing persons cases listed on the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s website. There is one case that dates back to 1980.
Just seven months on, and it’s the unknown that keeps Ora up at night. Kierra has already missed her own daughter’s fifth birthday.
“She wants to know where her mom is at,” said Ora. She said the girl gets up each morning and tells her she asks God to bring her mother home.
“That hurts when a baby tells you that,” said Ora. For now, all they can do it keep searching and hold on to hope.
“We love her. We miss her so much. Her children miss her and we will find her. We’re going to find her,” she stated.
Kierra’s family is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that helps find her. If you know anything about her disappearance, please call Birmingham Police or (205) 920-0777.
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