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Tifton family seeks answers after woman missing for 9 years

Brandi Cole was just 17 when she last seen at Puckett Park 9 years ago. (Source: WALB) Brandi Cole was just 17 when she last seen at Puckett Park 9 years ago. (Source: WALB)
Brandi Cole's mother, Shellie Auchtung (Source: WALB) Brandi Cole's mother, Shellie Auchtung (Source: WALB)
Brandi Cole's sister, Tia Cole (Source: WALB) Brandi Cole's sister, Tia Cole (Source: WALB)
The family will hold a candlelight vigil on Saturday at Fulwood Park. (Source: WALB) The family will hold a candlelight vigil on Saturday at Fulwood Park. (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Brandi Cole was just 17 when she last seen at Puckett Park 9 years ago Thursday. 

Her family is still searching for clues and answers.  

"I just want what's left back. Please," said Shellie Auchtung, Brandi's mother. 

Cole was last seen walking through a gate at Puckett Park.

Her family does not believe she ran away, especially because at the time, she had a 2-year-old daughter. 

"She got scholarships, she has awards, she has honors. She's an artist. She was beautiful inside and out," said Tia Cole, Brandi's sister.

Tia Cole said she lost her only sister, her best friend. But the family hasn't stopped searching. 

"I still find myself whenever we ride by wooden areas looking to see if I see anything white," said her Auchtung. 

In the months before Cole's disappearance, her mother Shellie noticed a change in her behavior. 

Auchtung said Cole started dating an older man and got mixed up with the wrong crowd and battled a drug addiction.

On three different occasions, the family checked Cole into a treatment center but it didn't help. 

"I went into holes and pulled her up out of them. I go in one of them and turn them inside and out. That's my little baby sister," said Tia. 

The family believes the community often looked down on Cole. 

And because of it, she wasn't treated like other missing children. 

Now, after 9 years, the family believes they will never see Cole again.

But they're still asking for answers as to what happened so they can have closure. 

"If anyone out there has any information on the wherabouts she's at, where's she was put. If anything please, just call anonymous," said Auchtung.

The family said police plan to give them an update on the investigation in the coming days, but there have never been many leads.

The family will hold a candlelight vigil on Saturday at Fulwood Park. 

They are asking for prayers and donations.

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