I became part of an exclusive club nobody should ever be part of 5 very long years ago when my best friend in the world vanished. I became part of the club of "Families and Friends of Missing Persons". I will never forget the night Becky called. As I hung up my heart sank. I started calling everybody & anybody, jails, hospitals, etc. Becky & I went to Indianapolis -we retraced Danyel's last known steps, showed her picture to anybody that would give us the time of day & asking a million questions. Finally we filed a Missing Persons report and it was finally becoming real. She's missing, just like that! Gone! Becky and I cried and hugged. Over the past 5 years we have passed out & posted fliers, hired a p.i., kept her face on social media and in the news, searched every lead, pounded pavement, etc. Speaking with detectives and their words being forever etched in my brain. This is a nightmare - a cruel everyday nightmare that eats away at your soul! My best friend is out there, waiting for us to find her! We still have the fear of the unknown but we have HOPE - we don't know why, we don't know how & we don't know who? Is she okay? Is she suffering? I know Danyel put up a hell of a fight because she'd never go down without one, she is a fireball for sure. I want everyone to know she isn't just a number, she isn't just a statistic, she isn't just a victim - She Is Somebody! She's a mother, daughter, sister and friend (my best friend) and to us she is everything. We love and miss her more than words can express. This isn't fair. Unless you have been through this you can never imagine, you can never understand, and believe me you don't want to. The pain is very real. Whoever is responsible I hope you suffer like we have. I find myself needing her all the time - I need her - her family needs her, and we can't have her because someone took her from us. We vowed and promised to find her and bring her home and will continue to be relentless in our efforts to keep that vow and promise. Danyel will come home and we will have justice because I promise we won't rest until then. And to whomever did this - you have no idea the hell that awaits you- I got this - Bet That!
I love you Danyel Pauley!