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Family still searching for missing Tift Co. teen

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TIFTON, GA (WALB) –Its been three years since 17-year old Brandi Cole went missing from Tift County. To this day her family members are still searching for answers and clues as to where she and what happened.

For three years, Shellie Auchtung has been missing an importance piece of her heart. "She just vanished. She was supposed to show up to see me that night, but she never did," said Auchtung.

Her 17-year old daughter, Brandi Cole never came home July 7th 2007 and she has not been seen or heard from since. "The next morning I woke up, and I just knew something was wrong," said Auchtung.

Auchtung was originally told and reported to police her daughter was last seen in Tifton getting into the car with four Hispanic men but over the years she has been told otherwise.

But with no leads in the case, Auchtung says she has taken it upon herself to look for clues in her daughters disappearance. "I don't know what to do. I'm not asking for pity I don't want no pity, I just want some help," said Auchtung.

"My sister wouldn't just up and leave, someone knows what happened," said her sister Tia Cole.

Now the family is begging for answers, regardless of the outcome. "I never got the chance to say I love you before she left and I cant have that chance until we have her regardless of the outcome," said Tia.

And they can't help but fear the worst. "I know foul play was a part of it, anyone with any common sense knows that," said Auchtung.

"Someone out there knows something and doesn't have the heart to be anonymous about it and let our family know what happened," said Tia.

The family hopes someone comes forward, to help them finally have some closure.

When Brandi went missing she left behind her two year old daughter Carmen. Family members tell me the child is now with her father in Mexico but they are making a album for her when she gets older so she can draw her own conclusions as to what happened to her mom.

The Tift County sheriff's office says there have been no leads in this case and ask anyone with any information to call Tift County Sheriff's Office at 229-388-6020

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