BECKY FERGUSON, MISSING SINCE 1988
'Gone 17 long years and not one word of her.'
No one has seen or heard from Becky Ferguson since Sept. 16, 1988. A relative expected Ferguson to come for a visit in Birmingham that day, but she never arrived.
A new Cadillac belonging to the 32-year-old mother of two was later found on the shoulder of Alabama 257 near the Jasper community of Curry.
Walker County Chief Deputy Carey Scruggs said no leads were uncovered.
''It was worked heavily, but then it kept hitting a dead end at every turn,'' Scruggs said. ''It was unusual for a mother, a healthy person, to just disappear.''
Ferguson's mother, Irene Files, said her house burned down around the time her daughter disappeared, destroying the pictures Files wanted to show the 2- and 5-year-old sons Ferguson left behind.
''I don't have anything left of her but memories,'' Files said.
The younger son, Files said, recently graduated from high school, but does not remember his mother. The elder son, she said, has always been troubled by the memories of his mother's disappearance and was honorably discharged from the military because he suffered bleeding stomach ulcers.
''It has just killed this whole family,'' Files said.
''She'll soon be gone 17 long years and not one word of her,'' Files said.
Files said she believes her daughter was murdered and said she believes she knows who is responsible, but has given up hope that she will ever know for certain what happened to Becky.