According to Marianne Garcia-Cowan, there are few worse things than being a mother and believing something horrible has happened to your child.
Cowan has been living with that feeling in her heart for more than 10 years. “When you have a missing child, part of you is always missing with them,” she told Dateline.
Her then 15-year-old daughter, Adrianne Garcia, disappeared on December 29th, 2004 after leaving to walk to a friend’s house several miles from her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“I don’t have a whole lot left from her, but the few things I have are real treasures to me,” Cowan told Dateline.
Cowan told Dateline her daughter, affectionately nicknamed “Dreena” by her grandfather, was sometimes known as a troublemaker, but it was always in good fun. Dreena was popular in school, incredibly close with all 6 of her siblings, but what really stood out was her voice.
“That girl could sing. I remember I bought her a little karaoke machine and she just… wow. Selena was an idol for her,” Cowan said.
The Creeks County Sheriff’s D classified Adrianna as a runaway in 2004, but detectives were unavailable to comment on the case. Adrianna’s mother says her daughter - although strong-willed- would never want to be separated from their close knit family.
“You never really know what could have happened. All I know is that I want my baby back. Whatever answers we can get, I just want them as a mom. A mother should never have to worry what happened to their baby, but that’s not the world we live in I guess.”
If you have any information that can help crack this cold case, please contact the Creek County Sheriff’s Office at (918) 224-4964. You can also visit the Facebook page ‘Adrianna Garcia is missing’ for more information.