ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. – The last time anyone saw mother of two Angela Hudson was in September of 2001. Hudson disappeared on a day she and her aunt planned to spend together.
“She knew that on Sept. 20, I'd be sad because it was my mom's birthday and she's in heaven, and so she had planned on cooking me a good supper,” Carolyn White, Hudson's aunt, said.
Family members say it wasn't unusual for Hudson to spend a couple of days away from home, but she always let people know and made arrangements for her two children.
“Everything that she had started to prepare for my supper was left on the sink and the table and everything, and we couldn't find her anywhere,” White said. “And when the kids came home from school, they hadn't seen her since the day before. She walked them to the school bus.”
Investigators say they've been at a standstill on the case almost since the first day. They say at least a few reported sightings or tips are common in most missing cases, but there have been none in Hudson's case.
White says the years have made it hard for her to remain optimistic. Now she says she just wants answers.
“Every time they find somebody, I think it's her, and we just want closure,” White said.
Detectives say the case will stay open as long as there are questions about Hudson's disappearance, even if the answers are those her family fears most.