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Family of missing twins still feeling hopeful

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 8:32 PM
Last updated 10:14 PM
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Mary Sturgis has felt more hopeful in the past month than she has since her teenage twins went missing 23 years ago.

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Shanta Sturgis and her mother Mary Sturgis discuss the case of 15-year-old fraternal twins who went missing in 1990. Shanta was 12 when her older sisters, Dannette and Jeannette Millbrooks, went missing on March 8, 1990. "It's hard to know," Sturgis said of her sisters' disappearances. "The not knowing is the hardest part."   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Shanta Sturgis and her mother Mary Sturgis discuss the case of 15-year-old fraternal twins who went missing in 1990. Shanta was 12 when her older sisters, Dannette and Jeannette Millbrooks, went missing on March 8, 1990. "It's hard to know," Sturgis said of her sisters' disappearances. "The not knowing is the hardest part."

“Even though I haven’t heard anything, I do feel better because they have it out there,” Sturgis said.

The case of Dannette and Jeannette Millbrooks was reopened in August after police learned the case had been closed because someone had incorrectly reported that they had returned shortly after their disappearance.

The girls were 16 when they left their Cooney Drive home to visit a friend on March 18, 1990. They never returned.

Family said they were told the girls were seen soon after in a white truck with a white male driver. That’s the closest they ever got to an answer, but it’s not enough.

“We just want to know if they’re alive and OK,” their sister, Shanta Sturgis, said.

Since the case was reopened, Richmond County sheriff’s investigators have been searching for anything that pops up with the women’s names, Social Security numbers or date of birth. The sheriff’s office also released age progression photos created by the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children to give people an idea of what the girls might look like today at age 39.

So far the most recent efforts have not generated any results.

“We’ve pretty much expended everything we can on our side,” Lt. Calvin Chew said. “They never showed up on radar.”

The information was also entered into the Georgia Crime Information Center for the first time.

“If anything ever pops up on their name or Social Security number anywhere, we’ll be notified,” Chew said.

With a renewed sense of hope, the twins’ siblings have continued their search online for anyone resembling their sisters.

Shanta Sturgis is in the process of creating a Facebook page with the age progression photos in hopes someone somewhere will recognize them.

She said the new efforts by police have brought the information to new ears. In the past month, the family has been getting lots of condolences and prayers.

“We’re glad to know that people know now,” she said.

For Mary Sturgis, every phone call and every knock at the door could bring answers.

“I hope to hear something soon,” she said. “This waiting is stressful. We’re just hoping one day someone will knock at the door who knows where they’re at.”

Anyone with information can contact the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1020 or 821-1080.


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