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Hannibal woman still missing 5 years later, but her mother thinks she's still alive


HANNIBAL, Missouri — It has been more than five years since a northeast Missouri woman went missing, but her family isn't giving up hope.

Christina Whittaker of Hannibal was 21 when she was reported missing on Nov. 13, 2009. Her mother, Cindy Young, told the Hannibal Courier-Post ( ) that she has received reports of people seeking Whittaker in Peoria, Illinois. She has contacted Peoria authorities and often travels there in hopes of finding her daughter.

Young is hosting a gathering in Whittaker's honor on Saturday. Any money raised will go toward a reward fund.

Information from: Hannibal Courier-Post,

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