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Family prays for answers in case of missing Asheville mother

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The case of a missing Asheville mother continues to be a mystery. April Pickens was last seen at the Pisgah View Apartments on Dec. 27, 2011.

Friends and family took a moment to honor the mother and pray for her return in a vigil Monday at the apartment complex.

The Asheville Police Department hasn't released any new information on this case since April. It's been five months since April Pickens' family has seen or heard from her. At Monday's vigil, five children were without their mother on a day that is usually filled with celebration.

Cakes with "Happy Birthday April" lined the tables and the streamers were strung, but the party wasn't filled with joy.

Pickens turned 30 Monday, but the guest of honor was nowhere in sight.

"We haven't heard too much, so we are kind of thinking the worst," said April Pickens' sister, Kimya Pickens. "We don't want to but we don't have a choice."

Kimya Pickens was the last to see her sister that night in December. She says April Pickens was in good spirits when she left but doesn't know where she was headed.

"I usually watch her leave but this time I didn't, I feel bad maybe I could have seen something," said Kimya Pickens. 

Two of April Pickens' children, 4- and 11-year-old girls, are staying with April's mother. Grief has hit the younger daughter the hardest.

"The baby, she wakes up crying every night for her mom, all I can do is hold her," said April Pickens' mother, Anita Carson.  

Asheville police say the investigation is ongoing and the search will continue. For now, her family continues to pray for answers.

April Pickens is described as 5'4" tall and 155 pounds with black hair and a medium complexion with several tattoos.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, call the Asheville Crimes Stoppers at 828-255-5050.

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