NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- The mother of Jessica Stacks, Cathy Paden, broke down in tears as she tried to talk about her only daughter during a vigil Saturday night.
"We all love Jessica. We want Jessica home. we want justice for Jessica. She didn’t just run off,” she said.
Stacks vanished on New Year's Day after she was on a boat with another person on the Tallahatchie River. Deputies found footprints of her getting out of the boat.
More than 100 people lit candles at the vigil and prayed in hopes that investigators will find Stacks soon. Residents also served food to help raise money for Stacks’ family during this tough time.
“It means the world to me, it does. I’m so glad everybody came out here and showed that they love Jessica,” she said.
Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards said he and his investigators have not given up on searching for her. Edwards said they’ve found no evidence of foul play.
Paden believes there is more to her daughter's disappearance than is being reported.