As they have for 13 years, loved ones hold vigil

Niqui McCown missing from her Richmond, Indiana home. (WDTN Photo)
Niqui McCown missing from her Richmond, Indiana home. (WDTN Photo)

RICHMOND, Ind. (WDTN) – It’s now been more than a decade since a Richmond woman’s family has seen her. On the anniversary of Niqui McCown’s disappearance, standing outside the laundromat where McCown was last seen 13 years ago, her loved ones come together to talk about the time they had with her.  They have been doing this since 2001.

Niqui McCown’s daughter, Payton, was only nine years old when her mother disappeared. Even as a young girl, she remembers her mom as a fun and outgoing woman.

“My mom was a wonderful person, inside and out. She’d give the shirt on her back just for someone,” Payton said.

Some families fall apart after a huge loss. That is why it is especially important to Payton to keep this family together. And keep her mother’s memory alive.

“I get a lot of people that tell me I look like her, or I smile like her or something,” she said. “And I just kind of – I wouldn’t want someone to look at me and be like ‘oh my gosh that poor girl.’ I don’t want anyone’s pity.”

These days, Payton is working towards a degree in criminal justice. She is also engaged, her fiance about to join the Air Force.

She won’t lie to you – some days are hard. But every day, is another push for something more than photos and T-shirts.

“We’re one day closer than we were yesterday, is how I look at it. When the time is right, we’ll get the answers that we’re looking for,” said Payton. “Right now, I’m kind of just praying and hoping that one day somebody that has the answers will step forward and let us know.”

Payton said even if someone hurt her mother, they want to know where she is.

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