Woman still missing 1 year later

Family, friends not giving up hope finding Rosemary Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Billboards have been put up, thousands of fliers been handed out, and a $6,000 reward is on the table, but Rosemary Day is still missing.

Tuesday marks one year since the 27-year-old Orange Park woman was last seen.

There hasn't been a development in the case of her disappearance for more than nine months.

Day's parents and sister go to bed every night with heavy hearts, but they said Monday night would be even more difficult.

"Any time that there's an anniversary date coming up and there's a missing person in your home or family, it's antagonizing," said Ann Dugger, executive director of the Justice Coalition. "You don't know where they're at, if they're begging for help."

Police said Day was last seen having breakfast with her ex-boyfriend at a Golden Corral restaurant on Blanding Boulevard on May 22, 2011. Three months later, police found her blue Toyota Corolla abandoned on Liberty Street in downtown Jacksonville.

Divers searched a nearby pond but didn't find anything.

"We feel it had been there for a long time when police found it," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda said. "Cob webs were on the vehicle. It did look like it had been a while that the vehicle was parked there. It was a blue Toyota, it was in front of a very populated area, so someone might have seen someone park it and might not have thought anything at that time, but if you did, call police."

While Day hasn't been seen for a year, her friends and family aren't giving up hope. They're still handing out fliers and posting blurbs in newspapers in hopes of getting just one more clue to help find her.

"We ask still today, just like we did one year ago, we're asking for the person that may have just a little tidbit of information," Dugger said. "Even though you think it may not be important and it may seem so trivial, it may be just the piece that breaks the puzzle."

Although more time passes without a sign of Day, her family and investigators are also hopeful someone will help solve the case.

"It's a lot of time, but we break cases five, 10 years has gone by, because that one person, it holds heavy on their heart and they have that little bit of information that police need," Bujeda said.

If you have any information that can help police, call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

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