Thanksgiving marks 14 years since pregnant mother vanished
SAN ANTONIO - Thanksgiving marks a sad anniversary for the family of a missing woman.
But there's a new push to find a young mother who was eight months pregnant when she vanished.
Lucero Sarabia Reeves was just 21 years old at the time of her disappearance. Her family called her Princess. She had two small children and a third on the way. But no one has seen or heard from her since Thanksgiving 2004.
Fourteen years without any answers.
"We were very close,” says her younger sister Amanda Martinez, who was 16 at the time. “She was my best friend. She still is. But I miss her very much."
"I never thought I would have to look at her pictures and imagine life without her," her mother Juanita Trevino told us.
On November 25th, 2004, Lucero was at a Thanksgiving party with friends and family. At the end of the night, she got a ride from a male acquaintance but never made it home. Martinez says the acquaintance told them she’d decided to walk home when they pulled up to his apartment complex. Eight months pregnant, Lucero was last seen walking near the corner of Callaghan and Ingram Road.
"When I called and it went to voicemail, I was just like, 'Something is not right,'" Martinez recalls.
Every Thanksgiving since has been a struggle for her family.
"I can't not think about her on Thanksgiving," Martinez tells us. "That's just a constant reminder. It's always that kind of void. You know somebody's missing."
And yet, they've never given up hope. They still put up missing posters. They still hold vigils.
"We release balloons," Martinez says. "We do a candlelight vigil, we do prayers."
They’re praying that whoever knows the truth - whoever knows what happened to Lucero Sarabia Reeves - speaks up.
"That somebody will find it in their heart," Martinez says, "To finally come forward and say, 'I know'."
"I know God is good," Lucero’s mother Juanita told us. "He's going to help us find her."
"We just need answers already," Martinez adds. "It's been too long."
Lucero's sons were three and one when she went missing. They're now 17 and 15.
Her family plans to hold a vigil on Monday, November 26th at Gilbert Garza Park from 6pm to 7pm.