BANGOR – The holidays can be especially hard for those who have missing loved ones, some may have passed away or might be serving in the military.
It’s even tougher when they are missing with no answers.
“When we do cooking and stuff we always think my mom would be helping us to cook.” Mandi Clark was a small child when her mother, 25 year old Sharon Smith, 25, vanished from Bangor in 1980. She was never seen again. She added “It’s really hard because when you don’t know where somebody is, there’s no grave to go to and even though you know deep down that they are deceased there’s still that little girl in you that kind of wants her to be alive so especially at the holiday times you kind of still want your mom.”
Police have reopened the cold case. They dug up a yard in Hermon this past summer, but the search failed to turn up any remains.
Clark stated “Whenever they do a search for her body there is confusion because part of me wants it to be her so I can have my closure and what does that loss mean? Now I’d have to accept she is really gone and she’s never coming back.”
Another family and group of friends knows the pain of not having answers. Paul Francis known to them as Junebug, disappeared after leaving his job in Bangor and attending a party. That was December 2nd. Junebug was walking home when he went missing.
His friend Robert Kearns has been leading the search daily. He stated “It’s especially hard during the Christmas season because we are all searching together as well as his family is looking for him to be home for the holidays.”
Family and friends have been searching for weeks. They hope that someone out there might hold the key to finding him.
“Junebug has a two year old son and he is just a cutie pie.” added Kearns. “Christmas morning him not being there is going to be especially hard.”
Both groups said more than anything they want answers.
“Everyone deserves closure. I pray for it every night for every family that goes through it.” concluded Clark.