Family of Phylicia Thomas still searching for answers 14 years later

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NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- The family of a Luzerne County woman who disappeared 14 years ago says they will never stop looking for her.

22-year-old Phylicia Thomas has not been since since February 11, 2004.Her family believes she was murdered.

Thomas’ mother believes her daughter’s killer, or someone who knows the killer, is still in the area. She is urging people who have information about the case to come forward so they can have closure, and more importantly, get justice for Phylicia.

“My daughter did not deserve that,” said Phylicia’s mother, Pauline Bailey. “They are not getting away with this. I loved her.”

Bailey fights back tears as she talks about her daughter. Phylicia disappeared after attending a house party in Sweet Valley. Her body was never found.

Bailey and her family have been relentless in trying to track down her killer.

“We had a lot of people come and tell us exactly what happened,” said Bailey. “There were 14 people at the party when the other five took her in the next room and murdered her. They could hear it outside.”

They have that information to state police who are heading the investigation. But 14 years later, still no sign of her daughter and still no arrest.

Phylicia’s sister, Jocelynn, says the passage of time doesn’t help heal the family because there is no closure.

Family and friends have searched areas of Sweet Valley looking for her body or any clue to where we might be. They have also help candle light vigils to keep the case in the public eye.

“We’re going to keep looking for her,” said Judy Lorah, a family friend. “Dear God, we are going to keep doing what we have to do to bring her home.”

State police investigators say they cannot comment on the investigation. They only say they continue to follow leads.

A candle light vigil for Phylicia will be held Sunday night at 6 pm at Patriot Park in Nanticoke.

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