Exactly one year ago this week, a Spokane mother vanished. Deanne Hastings' loved ones are becoming more and more terrified they'll never see her again.
"Deanne was very brilliant and a very giving person," said brother Carson Crider. "People loved Deanne."
It's been a horrible few months for Deanne's family. Lately, her brother has begun referring to her in the past tense.
"I think after a year now, it's obvious foul play is involved," he said.
The hope the family once clung to is slipping more and more with each agonizing day.
"I don't think this is a disappearing act," Carson said.
The family admits, Deanne had fallen off the grid before. They say she had her demons. In the past, she had lost touch for days at a time, but never weeks.
Carson said things couldn't have been going better for Deanne just before she vanished. She was going to beauty school, spending time with her three children, and planning a wedding to fiancé Mike Tibbets.
"The last thing I heard out of her mouth was I love you," Tibbets said. "She went to the store that night and I haven't heard from her since."
Tibbits said what happened from there is a mystery, that he fears can only be solved with cooperation from a man named Randy Riley
"She was drunk," Riley said.
In an exclusive jail house interview with Hayley Guenthner from earlier this year, Riley claims he met Deanne when she was walking in an west Spokane the day after mike last saw her.
HG: "How long were you with her?"
MR: "Two, three hours, four hours tops."
HG: "That's a long time to spend with a perfect stranger you meet walking down the side of the road, don't you think?"
Riley said after the two partied together, he left her standing on the side of a road. He claims 24 hours after that, he drove back by the area and stumbled upon her coat and wallet. He admits he used her cards for some snacks and to rent a movie.
Riley was charged with using Deanne's cards. He's done his time, and was released in September. He was never charged with having anything to do with her disappearance. In fact, no one has, but friends and family are hopeful that one crucial tip will surface soon.
"We just want to know what happened and get some closure," Carson said.
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