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    Posted February 22, 2011 by
    La Grange, North Carolina
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    Nancy Grace: America's Missing

    What Happened To My Sister? Timeka Pridgen


    Hi Nancy Grance, how are you?  Im Torin Fisher from Kinston North Carolina.  It's been nearly 10 years since my sister Timeka Pridgen has went missing & its been difficult to deal with at times knowing the case is still open.  The last time i saw my sister i was 12, we visited our father who was recovering from a heart attack,  now im 23. 

    Here is more on the story:

    It was May 12th of 2001 when 16 year old Timeka Pridgen of La Grange went missing.  She has never been heard from or seen again.

    Her mother, Cosandra Best, says she was taking a nap,  waiting for her boyfriend,  a relationship she was about to end...the  night her daughter disappeared.  She says her daughter brought her the  phone and said he would be there in five minutes.  That's when Cosandra  says she drifted back to sleep.   "The next thing I heard was a door  closing and a car driving off."

    When Cosandra woke up her  daughter was nowhere to be found.  "She,  um left her shoes, her purse  and it had money in her purse.  This evening it rained and was cool and I  knew she would not have walked out without her shoes on."

    Cosandra says  Timeka had no reason to runaway.  She  describes her as a typical teen who had a love for drawing and her  friends...friends who didn't know where she was.  Neither did Cosandra's  soon to be ex-boyfriend, who claims he was never there that night.   Cosandra says, "My first gut instinct was he definitely knew what  happened."

    But Cosandra says neither he, or anyone else, would  be an immediate focus for police.  Cosandra believes  the investigation  into her daughter's disappearance was hindered because of the outcome of  a missing persons case weeks earlier,  involving a classmate of  Timeka's.  "And lots and lots of resources were poured into that and it  turned out to be a hoax."

    Cosandra says it wasn't until a year later, at the  insistence of an advocate on her behalf, that an SBI agent was assigned  to the case.

    Nine years later Cosandra says she would like to talk  to her former boyfriend again about her daughter's disappearance.  He  no longer lives in La Grange, but she knows how to get ahold of him.   He's in a North Carolina prison.

    Eric Mercer Moore was convicted in 2006 on attempted  second degree sexual offense.  He's serving twelve years behind bars.     State records show years before Timeka went missing...he was convicted  of second degree sex offense and kidnapping, served time and was  released.

    WITN called Eastern Correctional where Moore is  currently behind bars,  and requested an interview.  Officials at the  prison told us his answer was, "Absolutely not."

    Just like Timeka's disappearance, whether Moore has any information that could help in this case will remain a mystery.

    Cosandra continues to hold out hope that her daughter  is still alive.  As she reminisces over those drawings of hers, she  hopes that one day,  Timeka just might be able to finish the one she was  working on when she vanished.  "Everyday I miss her and I want so badly  to know where she is and what happened." 

    All Im Asking Mrs. Nancy Is For Help & For anyone to come forward who may have seen her.

    Thank You

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