The search is on for a Texas mother who vanished after going out to a friend's house for dinner nearly two weeks ago, authorities and concerned loved ones said.
Emily Wade, 38, planned on having an early night when she left her Ennis home to have pizza at a friend’s house around 5 p.m. on Jan. 5, her family said. She said she would be back by 9 p.m., but Wade never returned home.
“I am beyond scared and if I lose her I will die,” Wade’s mother, Shirley Wade, wrote on Facebook four days after her daughter went missing. “I’m barely holding on.”
Wade would never have purposefully vanished, knowing how worried her family would be, her 7-year-old daughter’s father, Jared Jones, told reporters.
She and Jones co-parent their daughter, who Jones said was trying to remain positive while the search for her mother continued.
“She’s s staying strong and is such a tough little cookie,” he told CBS DFW of his daughter. “I think she’s staying strong for me and her granny. I know she’s hurting and we just want her mom back. We just want her mom back — back home.”
Wade had recently moved from Kentucky to North Texas, where she was working as a server at a Chili’s Bar & Grill. The friend she met for dinner the night she disappeared also worked at the restaurant.
Police have interviewed Wade’s coworkers, according to her loved ones. No one has been named a suspect in her disappearance.
Wade was last seen driving her mother’s car, which police said is a silver 2012 Nissan Altima with the Kentucky license plate 411 PAZ. She was last seen wearing a peach sweater, blue jeans and peach Nike tennis shoes.
Eleven days after Wade was last seen, loved ones and community members planned to gather in her honor. The prayer vigil was scheduled to take place at Veterans Memorial Park in Ennis at 7 p.m. Wednesday. In the hours before the vigil, Wade’s family took to social media to thank their supporters for help in spreading the word about her case and aiding in the search to find Wade.
"Emily would be so happy to know that she is loved,” Wade’s brother, Michael Chad Wade, posted in the Facebook group Bring Emily Home. “I will never give up searching for you little sister we're doing everything we know to do and wherever you are Emily know there is thousands of people caring and thinking about you.
“Emily we love you, we miss you and we are in each other's hearts,” he wrote.
Police also took to the platform to appeal to the public for help in finding Wade, noting the young mother’s “family is very concerned.” Anyone with information is asked to call the Ennis Police Department at 972-875-4462 and ask for Det. Sgt. Rickman.
“We believe our greatest asset is you, the community,” Officer Roger Cole with the Ennis Police Department’s Crime Prevention unit said in a video posted to Facebook. “Help us find Emily for her family.”