"There isn't really anyone to talk to when all you want is your mommy so it was hard," said Natasha Harper, Mary Combs' daughter. Harper only has a few photos left of her childhood that she admits was not perfect, but it, of course, was one she wanted to share with her mother.
Harper said her mother had shown her a porcelain doll she had bought for her days ahead of her 13th birthday party, but never showed up for the party. That is when she remembers thinking something had happened.
"I think that was what was the hardest because I waited for so long," said Harper.
Mary had gotten into an argument with her mother days earlier, who she lived with in the Hammock area of Palm Coast Florida and left the home. Her family thought she just needed a little room to breathe. Instead, she vanished never to speak with her three young children again.
Her youngest son said he remembers her last visit as he was living with his father at the time, but his memories are limited. "I waved goodbye to her and said I loved her. I think about that last memory a lot because that's all I have of her now," said Jeremy Siciliani, Combs' youngest son.
"Unfortunately this was not assigned to a detective until after a few days. The first few days, we lost time," said Corporal Nate Koep with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office Major Case Unit. He is the assigned detective on the case.
Corporal Koep said Mary did not pick up her last pay stub at the Food Lion in Flagler Beach where she had worked and was living paycheck to paycheck. He believes there was foul play.
"I could safely say that there are at least two people that know for sure what happened, and they're still in the area," said Koep, who explained that all he wants is a phone call from an anonymous caller even.
Koep said several people have been interviewed, some who have since moved to Orlando, but no one has been publicly named a person of interest or suspect.
Mary's car, a 1996 Red Plymouth Neon, is also missing.
The sheriff's office conducted a helicopter search of the area where Mary was last seen last year. "There were rumors that she may have gone to a party the next night in the hammocks community," said Koep.
"I know that they have children, or some of them do that know the story, and they must think, what if my child waited his or her whole life to know where they went. You think they'd say something," said Harper.
If you have any information about Mary Combs' whereabouts that could give her family some sort of closure and help authorities close this case, you are urged to call the Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.