Sister: Holding out hope to find Bethanie

By Jillian Marshall

April 1, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM EDT

Lisle, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Five years ago, a Killawog mother last seen at her home disappeared. Broome County Sheriff David Harder says her case is now considered cold and there are few leads.

But the woman's family maintains their optimism that she'll be found alive.

Bethanie Dougherty, 45, has not been seen since April 1, 2008, when her son last saw her doing the dishes in her pajamas in their home.

Dougherty has three children, a brother and sister.

Bethanie's sister, Bille Jo Nuckoll says her family has long since given up on local and county authorities, and hired a private investigator.

"The investigation isn't over as far as we're concerned," Nuckoll said Monday.

She says the private investigator has uncovered more than police, but not enough to provide her family with answers, let alone closure.

"I find myself talking about my sister as if she's still in Killawog and I just haven't seen her," Nuckoll said.

Nuckoll says there's still a reward out for any information on her missing sister.

"I feel that the more I remember and the more memories that I remember, that I'm keeping her alive," Nuckoll said.