A family is demanding answers after their mom took out the trash one night — and promptly disappeared.
April Jean Bailey, 37, stepped out of her basement apartment in Nashua, N.H., to take out the trash on the evening of Jan. 15, 2020.
Dawning slippers, black sweatpants and a jacket with a fur-lined hood, the mother of three left behind her cell phone, purse and other personal items at the time. Police say she was not living with her children at the time.
Authorities have yet to use the term “foul play” to describe what happened to her because, as Nashua police Det. Lt. Patrick Hannon tells PEOPLE, “just because we don’t know the exact circumstances there, whether she got into a car willingly, or whether there was no car at all and she walked off.”
Bailey’s family demand answers seeing as they have been left with little to no clues about the mom’s disappearance.
“She had such a good heart, and her children are her world,” Bailey’s twin sister Nicole shared with PEOPLE in this week’s cover story, which focuses on unexplained cases of eight missing moms across the country.
“Our family always sticks together, and without her, there is a big piece of the family gone,” says Nicole. “We are lost. We keep hoping, we keep praying we’ll find her alive.”
Police are just as stumped as the family and have yet to find anything that could lead them to Bailey.
“All accounts that we’ve gotten is that she was just heading out to take some trash outside,” says Hannon. “It wasn’t like she was dressed, ready to go [with] purse in her hand, cell phone, things like that. Those items were left behind.”
“Given the fact that there was no communication on where she might be heading, or any indication by what she was wearing that she might be leaving for an extended period of time, that has led us to tirelessly investigate this to try to figure out what exactly happened and where she might’ve gone afterwards.”
Speaking to Boston TV station WFXT, Baily’s son Isiah Bugg shared, “She’s the greatest mother you could ask for.”
Authorities describe her as white, 5 feet, 3 inches tall and 130 lbs., with long, black hair and blue eyes and two tattoos.
One tattoo is a butterfly on her right shoulder, and another that says “Damien” on her right ankle.
It is also noted that she has ties to the Boston and Glens Falls, N.Y., areas.
Anyone with information on her case is asked to contact Nashua police at (603) 589-1663, or the Boston office of the FBI at 857-386-2000 or tips online at tips.fbi.gov.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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