Young mother, Tia Bonta, was last seen at the Golden Corral at East Colonial Dr. and North Alafaya Tr. on July 31. Sunday night, her family and friends have come together for a candlelight vigil to continue their search for answers.
For the first time Tia's mother, Sherry, spoke out about her daughter's disappearance. “We need to have closure,” she said, “we need to know where our daughter is. Whatever the outcome, we need to know to be able to sleep at night.”
Tia disappeared at the end of July, leaving behind a worried family and a young son who turned one year old without his mother being there. Dozens attended the vigil lighting candles and offering prayers and support for Tia and her family
“They need all the love and support and answers that they can get,” said Tiffany Nerud, a family friend.
They family is being helped by a private investigator, James Copenhaver.
“I'm on the phone 24/7 with Jamie,” Sherry says, “I don't know what I would do without him.”
“We're looking for any type of information. It can be anonymous, I encourage them to call the Orange County Sheriff's office, Crimeline or our phone,” says Copenhaver.
Tia's father, Kevin, says they want to make sure people don't forget about his missing little girl.
“It's not over and we're still looking for her,” Kevin says, “and we're not gonna stop till we find her.”
Anyone with information about Tia's disappearance is urged to call the Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.