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COLD CASE: Rathdrum woman vanishes without a trace in 2005

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Deborah Sykes was in her late 30's when she seemingly vanished in February of 2005 in Rathdrum Deborah Sykes was in her late 30's when she seemingly vanished in February of 2005 in Rathdrum
SPOKANE, Wash. -

All the family of Deborah Sykes says they want is to give her a proper burial and goodbye. Sykes has been missing for more than 10 years now.

"It was really heartbreaking," her daughter Brianna Gendron said. "At the time, it was really hard to understand what missing meant. At that age, you can't comprehend it. You think they're just a phone call away, but they're not."

Deborah Sykes was in her late 30's when she seemingly vanished in February of 2005 in Rathdrum. Brianna has now had just as many years with her mother than she has without her.

"You never grow out of needing your parents," she said.

Brianna admits her mother had her share of problems.

"Her adult life was spent in a depression," she said. "It caused her to turn to alcohol more than her family."

In fact, the last time friends remember seeing Deborah, she was out in downtown Rathdrum.

"She was last seen hanging out with the friends at a bar," Brianna said. "She went home to a friend's house. Her husband picked up her up later the next morning. As of Sunday, he went to the store came back, she left her wedding ring, her purse, everything and just vanished."

Did she want to be missing? Initially, loved ones considered it, but not now. It's just been too long.

"She would never do that. She had a dad that she loved, she loved my older brother very much," she said. "We never even got to say goodbye to her."

If you know anything about the disappearance of Deborah Sykes, please call Rathdrum Police.

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