Mother hopes for answers in search for missing daughter

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Mother searching for answers

As investigators search a Miamisburg home in connection to the disappearance of 25-year-old Chelsey Coe, a mother continues her search for answers.

Coe’s mother Shula Woodworth said she got a call from police Tuesday morning with an update about where crews were searching.

If her daughter’s body is found, she said, the news will be devastating.

“If it’s her, I think my heart will be broken,” Woodworth said. “It’s not like your first daughter is anymore special than the second or third. But [with] your first daughter, you change. You become a different person.”

According to authorities, 25-year-old Chelsey Coe was last seen in early August leaving a friend’s house. Since then, her family has gotten very few answers.

“Not knowing what happened to her – I just want to know,” Woodworth said. “It’s very difficult. It’s like, you just wonder – is she being hurt? Does she need me? Is she dead?”

Woodworth said her daughter has struggled with heroin but wouldn’t just run off without reaching out to her.

Several months after her disappearance, people have continued getting the word out and helped keep awareness alive, Woodworth said.

“I’ve had people that didn’t even know Chelsey – they pray for her at church every week,” she said. “And they’re posting about her, and they’re praying for me every week. And it means so much.”

Woodworth said she believes there’s someone who knows what happened to her daughter.

“Chelsey had her problems,” Woodworth said. “She doesn’t deserve that. Nobody deserves to be hurt.”

If Coe’s body is found, Woodworth said, the news will at least provide closure and the opportunity for a proper burial.

“I would know where she is and who has her,” Woodworth said. “And she would be in heaven, I know for sure. Because if anybody believed in Jesus, she did.”

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