Whittaker family not losing hope

Christina Whittaker's daughter, Alexandria

Christina Whittaker's family has celebrated her birthday without her for three years.

Sunday night they held a candlelight vigil to celebrate her 24th birthday in Hannibal's Central Park.

She was 21-years-old when she went missing from Hannibal.

Christina's mother, Cindy Young, usually spends this day out looking for her.

It's been two and a half years since Christina went missing from Hannibal. Her daughter, Alexandria, was only 6-months-old at the time of her mother's disappearance. She is being raised by Young.

They have been working on fundraisers to help raise the reward for her return, including a cook book which will go on sale soon.

They also monitor her prayer page and Facebook group for any updates on her whereabouts.

Young says that it is tough to find help searching for a missing adult.

"You almost have to go in yourself if you want to get it done. We've searched many many many times. I feel like we've come really close to finding her several times but for some reason we just haven't," Young said.

The family has not received any tips on Christina's whereabouts lately, but they believe she may be in Peoria, Illinois. Young plans to travel to Peoria next week with one of Christina's uncles to continue looking. This time they will have an updated photo of what she may look like now to aid in their search.

If you have any information please contact the Hannibal Police department at (573) 221-0987.