Family hopes guilty conscience helps solve case

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FESTUS, MO (KTVI)-- A heartbreaking mystery involving a missing woman has haunted a Jefferson County family now for 8 years.  This week marks eight years since Amanda Jones disappeared.  More than 30 of her friends and family members gathered Thursday night at a Festus bank, the bank where Amanda worked when she vanished August 14th 2005.  They wore Amanda`s favorite color: purple.  Jones was 9 months pregnant with a baby boy when she went to Hillsboro to meet the man she believed was the father of her baby.

She hasn't been seen since.  Thursday evening people gathered nearby a tree which was planted in her memory a year after she disappeared. Her parents hope the vigil will cause someone who knows something to suffer a guilty conscience and go to police with helpful information. There is no doubt among family members that there is a person out there who could help break the case.

Hugh Propst who is Amanda`s father said, "The people who know what happened and there are people who know tell them to quit being a coward and come out."  His wife, Bertha added, "I want somebody who knows something and I know somebody knows something to come forward and tell what they know."

At the end of the vigil the people released purple balloons into the skies. Amanda's parents said people have told them they know facts about the case but won't go to police because they don't want to get involved. Amanda's mother said she's tired of hearing that.  She wants to know what happened to her daughter, her unborn grandson and she wants the person responsible to face justice.