• Orlando mother still missing one year after disappearance


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Police said they're still investigating the case of an Orlando mother who disappeared a year ago.

    Alicia Griffin, 38, has been missing since early February 2014. She was last seen at an apartment complex off Lake Orlando Parkway. Police said Griffin left her children, phone and belongings at home.

    Shantouba Allen, Griffin's sister, said they have a tight-knit family and it's unlike her to not communicate with them.

    "She always called somebody. She loved to be on the phone. She'd have you the phone for hours," Allen said. "I know something's not right."

    Orlando police Sgt. Dan Brady told Channel 9 they haven't given up on Griffin's case.

    "We've searched everywhere by ground, in air, on foot," Brady said.

    Investigators said they have run into obstacles because Griffin did not have any bank accounts or social media profiles to track.

    "Through normal everyday life, people would leave a footprint, there's not been any of that," Brady said.

    Griffin wasn't found after reported sightings of her at an Orange County park and gas station.

    Allen told Channel 9 the mother would never abandon her children.

    "They were like the highlight of her life," Allen said.

    Investigators don't suspect foul play, but said the case remains open and active.

    "This case will never be cold. It will never be inactive until we locate Alicia," Brady said.

    Police said they cleared Griffin's husband and he has been cooperating with the investigation.

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