It's one of our area's unsolved mysteries. Five years ago tonight, Allyson Romedy vanished without a trace. The 43 year old Rincon woman tucked her ten year old daughter into bed and said goodnight. It was the last time anyone ever saw her. Now her family is hoping someone knows what happened and can give them the closure they desperately want.
"It's been very hard," said Beckie Becton, Allyson's mother. "Of course, time marches on. Life goes on."
Still, five years later, not a day goes by that Beckie Becton does not think about her daughter.
"She went to work that day and it was probably a normal day for her," she said. "What goes through my mind is I wonder just exactly what happened when she got home from work, after she had dinner."
On February 28, 2002, Allyson Romedy put her ten year old daughter, Mallorie, to bed. When Mallorie woke up, her mother was gone.
"I can try to picture what I think she must have experienced or gone through," Allyson's mother said. "It's kind of tough."
Since that day, the family has searched with police, volunteers, even a psychic, hoping to find some sign of her.
"She would never have gone for any length of time without contacting some of her family," she explained. "It just -- that was just not her nature."
A lot has happened to Allyson's family in the past five years. Her son, Michael, who helped with the search, was killed in a car wreck three months after her disappearance. Her daughter, Mallorie, now 15, lives with her father in North Carolina. Another son, Marc, has a new baby, Dakota, who will never know his grandmother.
Current Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie, was Rincon Police's lead investigator at the time. He said it's one of the few cases where he has no idea what happened.
"Right now, we're grasping at straws," said Sheriff McDuffie, "and anything we hear or can look at, we immediately go and do that."
This year, there will be no candlelight vigil for Allyson. For her family, it's simply too painful.
"It's not something that we can lay aside and forget," said Beckie Becton. "If we could find her, then we could gain closure and it would be easier for us to move on, maybe."
The missing person poster for Allyson Romedy is still posted at the Rincon Police Department. Allyson's family and police are still holding out hope that someone, somewhere, knows something.
"We just implore the people out there to listen," said her mother. "Keep your eyes and ears open and if anything comes up, to notify the authorities. Please have mercy on her family. Just have mercy and give us the closure that we need."
If you have any information about Allyson Romedy's disappearance, call Rincon Police at (912) 826-5200 or CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. You could be eligible for a reward up to $7,500. The Georgia Governor's Office is also contributing a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.