Vigil held for missing Concord woman, police continue search


CONCORD, N.C. - Concord police are still desperately searching for clues in the mysterious disappearance of a Concord mother two weeks ago.

Detectives told Eyewitness News it's one of the more mysterious missing person’s cases they've ever seen. Concord's deputy police chief reached out to the family during a special candlelight vigil service Sunday night.

Dozens of friends and family members gathered outside a Concord church to light candles and remember the way Crystal Morrison Prentice lit up their lives.

"I want to bring her face down off the missing posters, and make people remember she's a mom, a sister, and a daughter," said her sister, Mechelle Carey.

On August 23rd, Prentice left her job at a Concord recruiting firm around noon. She didn't have her car with her, because a friend borrowed it that morning, and she didn't have her cell phone.

She also didn't tell co-workers where she was going. Then, police say she simply vanished.

"We just want some answers. Where did she go? Does she need us? Is she OK? She has a son who is eight. He needs his mom," said best friend Lacey Castro.

Police say there's no evidence of foul play. Officers checked the surveillance cameras of nearby businesses, and even interviewed construction workers. But officers have no leads.

Eyewitness News saw Concord's deputy chief hugging family members at the vigil. Crystal's friends and family believe she's still alive.

"Maybe someone has her somewhere. She can't get to her phone, she doesn't have her medicine. I don't feel it in my heart that she's dead, I really don't," Castro said.

 Police said crystal let a friend borrow her car to run an errand and her cell phone was in the car.

Officers have found the phone and interviewed the friend and they don't believe he's a suspect in the disappearance.