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What Happened To Timeka Pridgen?

Nine years later and there are still no answers about the disappearance of a Lenoir County teenager, whose mother says appears to have just vanished into thin air.

It was May 12th of 2001 when 16 year old Timeka Pridgen of La Grange went missing. She has never been heard from or seen again.

Her mother, Cosandra Best, says she was taking a nap, waiting for her boyfriend, a relationship she was about to end...the night her daughter disappeared. She says her daughter brought her the phone and said he would be there in five minutes. That's when Cosandra says she drifted back to sleep. "The next thing I heard was a door closing and a car driving off."

When Cosandra woke up her daughter was nowhere to be found. "She, um left her shoes, her purse and it had money in her purse. This evening it rained and was cool and I knew she would not have walked out without her shoes on."

Cosandra says Timeka had no reason to runaway. She describes her as a typical teen who had a love for drawing and her friends...friends who didn't know where she was. Neither did Cosandra's soon to be ex-boyfriend, who claims he was never there that night. Cosandra says, "My first gut instinct was he definitely knew what happened."

But Cosandra says neither he, or anyone else, would be an immediate focus for police. Cosandra believes the investigation into her daughter's disappearance was hindered because of the outcome of a missing persons case weeks earlier, involving a classmate of Timeka's. "And lots and lots of resources were poured into that and it turned out to be a hoax."

Cosandra says it wasn't until a year later, at the insistence of an advocate on her behalf, that an SBI agent was assigned to the case.

Nine years later Cosandra says she would like to talk to her former boyfriend again about her daughter's disappearance. He no longer lives in La Grange, but she knows how to get ahold of him. He's in a North Carolina prison.

Eric Mercer Moore was convicted in 2006 on attempted second degree sexual offense. He's serving twelve years behind bars. State records show years before Timeka went missing...he was convicted of second degree sex offense and kidnapping, served time and was released.

WITN called Eastern Correctional where Moore is currently behind bars, and requested an interview. Officials at the prison told us his answer was, "Absolutely not."

Just like Timeka's disappearance, whether Moore has any information that could help in this case will remain a mystery.

Cosandra continues to hold out hope that her daughter is still alive. As she reminisces over those drawings of hers, she hopes that one day, Timeka just might be able to finish the one she was working on when she vanished. "Everyday I miss her and I want so badly to know where she is and what happened."

If you have any information that may help in the case you can call the SBI at 1-800-334-3000 or click on the link below to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


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