For the past two years, the mother of a missing Campbell County woman has been trying to keep her hope alive.
Wendy Beadles Francis was last seen in June 2012 in the small town of Brookneal in Campbell County.
A month later, Francis’ father filed a missing persons report with law enforcement and despite massive search efforts, there's been no trace of her.
Investigators with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office said it is still a very active case, but when it comes to her family, time is taking a toll on them and that's why her mother is asking for closure.
Gayle Snead said she still remembers the last time she heard her daughter's voice.
"It feels like eternity,” she said. “The waiting and not knowing is the hardest part for me."
It was June 2, 2012. Wendy Beadles Francis, 35, checked in with her mom just like she always did to tell her she was fishing at a boat ramp in Brookneal.
Snead said her daughter was very trusting and it was a trait that had her daughter hanging out with the wrong crowd.
"You just don't vanish,” said Snead.
But Francis did.
Snead said it was not unusual for her daughter to be away from home, but she said Francis always made it a priority to call home to family and friends.
Two years later, Snead still sits at home waiting for her daughter to walk through the front door.
"When you have that first gut feeling that's the one you go with,” said Snead. ”My gut feeling is someone has harmed her."
It's a reality that's hard to stomach.
Snead said she doesn’t believe her daughter is alive.
Even though two years have passed, she will never give up on the search for her daughter and will spend the rest of her life making sure her first born child is laid to rest.
"Whether she's 5, 10, 20 or 35 she's still my child,” she said. "Someone, somewhere knows something and I wish they would come forward."
Francis' father lives in Halifax County and that's why the initial missing persons report was filed in that jurisdiction, but investigators later found out Francis had been staying with friends in Brookneal. Her father last saw her when she came to his house to pick up some clothes.
The Campbell County Sheriff's Office picked up the case in October 2012.
Francis was born on November 20, 1976. She is 5’4” and 120 pounds. She was last seen with brown hair and has blue eyes. She also has a tattoo of a scorpion on the back of her neck.
Anyone with information on Francis’ disappearance is asked to call the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 332-9574 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
Save the Next Girl, a local organization that helps families of those people that have gone missing, has helped spread the word about Francis' disappearance.