Dozens of people gathered at the American Legion Post in Hannibal Saturday evening to raise money to hire a private investigator to continue the search for Christina Whittaker who went missing from Hannibal in 2009.
Their goal was to raise $5,000 to hire a new private investigator to look for more leads on her current location.
Becky Woodworth said she knew Christina, and she’s thought of her almost every day since she went missing.
“She has a very bright personality, she was always happy and she loved kids,” Woodworth said.
Woodworth joined Whittaker’s mother, Cindy Young, in hosting the fundraiser.
Young said she’s hoping a new private investigator could find new leads in the case.
“That’s why it’s really important for me to get one hired, you know we just need something, it’s been 10 years, we need something fresh and new, we need to get her found,” Young said.
Private investigators who work on the case said they’re still looking for any information which could lead to figuring out where Whittaker went after disappearing from the 200th block of 7th Street a decade ago.
“What we’ve been doing is following up on leads, anything that comes to us, any rumors that come to us or
Cindy, we follow up on that and we look at it and interview people,” said private Investigator Regina Bradshaw
Bradshaw said she’s spent the past the years working with a documentary crew to follow up on local leads.
Her most recent one took her to Columbia, Missouri, which she says ended up being a dead end.
“There’s a lot of searching, and investigating, and a lot of dead ends,” Bradshaw said. “But we still look at everything.”
Bradshaw and Whittaker’s family said if you know anything, contact police or Cindy with the information.
“The more we keep her face out there, the more we might see her and recognize her,” Woodworth said.
Young said if you’re interested in donating or have information you would like to share, to get in touch.