Missing Woman's Family Still Searching

It has been an emotional weekend for the family and friends of Allyson Romedy. The Rincon woman has been missing for more than three years. She hasn't been seen since she tucked her then ten year old daughter Mallory into bed on February 28, 2002.

Her family and friends held a candlelight vigil for her Friday night in Rincon. On Saturday, they spent the day scouring the Georgia/South Carolina border in Jasper County, searching for some clue that might lead them to her.

Allyson Romedy's family fears she's no longer alive, but they're still trying to locate her body.

"We've lost all hope of finding her alive, of course," explained her sister, Jennifer Johnston. "We've expected that quite a while back."

The family is relying on the help of search dogs and missing persons experts to help them locate her.

"In the beginning we thought if we looked hard enough we'd find her," added Johnston, "Now we're beginning to feel like we've looked as hard as we can and we still have nothing."

While no mother should ever have to dig through the dirt searching for her daughter, Allyson's mother, Becky, doesn't know if she can ever give up the search.

"There are times when we think we've done all we can do and maybe we just need to say stop, it's time to stop, but then it's just hard to do," Becky Beckton admitted.

"Now we're actually starting to lose hope of finding anything of her," said Johnston. "We keep looking because we don't know how not to."

Crimestoppers and the Georgia Governor's office are offering a combined reward of more than $8,000. If you have any information about what happened to Allyson Romedy, call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020 or police.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com