Birthday wish: Daughter prays for missing mother to come home

Published: Apr. 4, 2019 at 6:16 PM EDT
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A Breathitt County woman's disappearance in February of 2017 is still unsolved.

Thursday is Debbie LaCaria's 60th birthday, another one she's spent away from family.

Police say even after all this time, there has still not been a break in the case.

Now, her daughter Annie, says her mom's birthdays are filled with tears instead of laughter.

"I want to see the joy on her face. I miss my mom," Annie LaCaria said.

She says her mom borrowed a neighbors phone to call family. When Debbie walked home, she was never seen again.

"There was a couple of people that pulled up in her driveway and walked with her into the house. And that was the last time anyone had seen her."

Annie went to check on her mom during severe weather. No answer came from knocking on her door.

She says when police showed up, an unknown dog kept them from stepping inside.

Looking back on the last few days she spent with her mom, she says Debbie seemed distant.

"She was scared to leave her house," her daughter said.


have passed, the family still holds on to hope.

"I want to hear her voice. I want her to wrap her arms around me and tell me everything's fine ... she's home. I haven't got that yet but I still have hope," Annie cried.

If you have any information, call Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard at (606) 436-6069.