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Family Calls Police Every Week About Missing Lexington Woman

11:08 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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Lexington, NC-- The news in Ohio is shining a light on other disappearances that have not been solved.

One example, the case of Debra Jean Asbury, who was last seen in Lexington about 19 years ago.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower met with Debra's family and they say when they heard those girls in Cleveland were found, they were given a renewed sense of hope. 

"Life just doesn't seem right without her. It's something missing," said James Marlowe, Debra's brother.

Debra Jean Asbury has been missing for almost nineteen years.


"It's been a living hell since then," said her sister, Judy Hunt.

Debra was a 26-year-old mother of four when she went missing. Her youngest daughter was just six-months-old.

"I couldn't imagine waking up every morning not know where my mom's at. That's the worst part."


Instead, Judy Hunt wakes up every morning wondering what happened to her sister. 

"One day, I am hoping that she will knock on one of our doors," said Hunt.

On September 26, 1994, Debra left her home on Westside Drive in Lexington and walked towards a store on Fifth Avenue to meet a friend.

She never made it.

"I've got a sister that's been missing for 19 years and I don't understand. It's like she just walked out the door one morning and just disappeared."

James Marlowe is Debra's brother and the oldest of her nine siblings. Every week since their sister went missing, they take turns calling police.

"And if we don't call them we are there up at the police station. Every week, every two weeks, somebody is always calling them, what do you know?," said Hunt.


"They still tell us the same thing. It's like they told us the same thing just a week ago, 19 years ago," said Marlowe.

With time against them and no new leads, hope was fading. But then in a city 500 miles away, three teens who were missing for ten years were found.

"If they can find them after ten years, alive and well, there is hope that we can find her," said Hunt, 

"It doesn't matter how long it takes, I will not give up hope. I never will and if I could say something to her right now, and knew she was listening, I would just like to have her home," said Marlowe.

Asbury's daughter started a Facebook page dedicated to helping find her mother. You can visit it here

If anyone has information about Debra's disappearance, contact the Lexington Police Department at 336-242-3311.

WFMY News 2

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