LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A missing mother from Louisville was recalled this weekend.
Countless tips have come in the past two and a half years since Andrea Knabel disappeared from the Audubon neighborhood, and her family still hopes she will be found.
Andrea Knabel’s family met with friends and well-wishers on Saturday, celebrating what would have been her 40th birthday by making her missing.
“Educating Andrea, to help bring her back, is one of the few things that makes it kind of okay, just to have a birthday without her,” said Erin Knabel, Andrea’s sister.
Although a few years old, Andrea and Erin share the same birthday.
“I was hoping to get her back so we can celebrate this milestone today as she turns 40,” Erin said. “But unfortunately that didn’t happen. So the best thing to do is to do what we can to find her.”
Groups scattered to post missing flyers around town, hoping to generate more leads.
“We get hundreds and hundreds of leads every day,” said Ted Leonard, one of the private investigators who worked on the case.
He feels confident, one way or another, they will find her.
“Especially with some of the recent advice that’s come in,” Leonard said. “It kind of re-energized us and put a new fire under us and gave us a little bit more motivation to push, push, push.”
Leonard says this includes information from someone who knew Andrea well.
Erin also says they were told someone recently logged into Andrea’s social media, and investigators are trying to determine if this is related to her case.
“The way I see it is there is no evidence that she is no longer with us, my hope is to find her in any way, form or living form,” Erin said.
The family looking for new advice and possible leads – but it also has an emotional impact.
“You know, getting excited thinking you’re about to find your sister — it’s even worse when it’s falling apart and it’s not her,” Erin said. “So you just try to keep it level and take things as they come.”
In the meantime, the family continues to pray and encourage the community to continue to spread the word, to continue to share Andrea’s story.
“Finding her is extremely important. This is how most missing people are found. Most of the leads we get are from social media shares,” Erin said. “That’s how we bring her home.”
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