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Police, mother pursue answers in woman's disappearance

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In September 2010 Marlana McElvaine had everything to live for.

She was the loving mother of two small children.

She had a great job and a close-knit circle of family and friends.

But on Sept. 12 that year, McElvaine vanished – just two weeks before her 28th birthday.

She hasn't been seen since.

McElvaine's mother, Dian McElvaine, has spent many sleepless nights over the past three years.

"It's so surreal because it's like, ‘What happened? Where is she?'" Dian McElvaine said. "We don't know."

She has painted the street with fliers, held annual prayer vigils and maintained constant contact with Tucson Police.

"I want to know what happened to Marlana, probably has bad as her family does," TPD Det. Doug Musik said.

Authorities do have some idea what may have happened, but they don't have enough evidence to even name a suspect.

"She did have some domestic issues at home, which is leading us in the direction of homicide," Musik said.

That's where a tip to 88-CRIME can make all the difference.

"People do go missing, but it's pretty rare for people to just abandon their children, their job, their family, their life," Musik said.

Three years after she went missing, Dian McElvaine realizes her daughter is probably gone. Still, she wants to know for sure and she wants to say goodbye to Marlana the proper way.

A way which allows her to "have the dignity and respect that she deserves," McElvaine said, "a funeral service, something for her, for her life.

"At least we could have some closure."

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Marlana McElvaine is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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