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Mother Still Holding out Hope for Missing Daughter
KETTERING -- The disappearance of Erica Baker from a Kettering park has gripped the Miami Valley for 14 years.
With the remarkable news of the missing Cleveland girls being found, Erica' s mother talked about the hope to find Erica alive.
"Every day I wake up thinking where is she?" Misty Baker said.
Misty has been watching the coverage of three missing women who were found alive in Cleveland. The coverage brings a flood of emotions for Misty.
"In my heart, there is always the hope that one day she'll walk through the door."
Erica Baker was 9 years old when she was last seen. She was walking her dog near Indian Riffle Park on February 7, 1999.
Investigators say Erica was hit by a van driven by Christian Gabriel. Investigators said Gabriel confessed and said he disposed of Erica's body, but said he can't remember where.
"In the back of my mind, I think maybe he's lying, and that's why he doesn't remember," Misty said. "And she'll be back just like one of these Cleveland girls."
Gabriel served six years and was released in 2011. Erica's body has never been found.
"There's never been anything to prove to me that she's not coming home," Misty said.
Erica would have turned 23 years old on Tuesday and Misty said someone out there can still give her answers.
"If a tip came in today, I would love it," Misty said.
Like the Cleveland girls, Misty is hoping there still might be a miracle for Erica as well.
"I would love for her to fight her way home."
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