Updated 07/19/2007 06:41 PM
Parents of missing woman plea for help
ALBANY, N.Y. -- "You know that there's no way 22 years later she's going to be alive," said Jenny Wilson, Karen Wilson's mother. "But because you don't have that proof there's always that one little percent that says what if she's being held somewhere? What if she is?"
What if? It’s a question Karen Wilson's parents have never been able to answer since the mysterious disappearance of their daughter in 1985. With brave face, they addressed the media Thursday morning in hopes of refreshing the memory of anyone who could help solve the case.
"We know that someone knows what happened to Karen and our only hope is coming back here it may bring this forth again,” Wilson said. "Someone may just decide to care enough about us finding our daughter to give us the information to do that."
It's believed that Wilson was last seen leaving a tanning salon on Central Avenue and then walked on Fuller Road. But what happened after that is unknown.
"Somebody snatched, grabbed her as far as we're concerned and that's pure conjecture," said Karen's Father, Taylor Wilson.
State Police say they hope to discover the rest of the story by re-interviewing anyone who had information when the case first opened in the ‘80s, although they say they don't have any new leads. There have been vague leads along the way, including the very similar disappearance of Suzanne Lyall in the late nineties.
Both women were UAlbany students. Both cases are unsolved. So far just a possible connection.
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"So we certainly can't discount that, but in both cases we don't have solid concrete information that could prove or disapprove that one way or another," explain New York State Police Captain William Sprague. "We're looking for that one or two pieces of information that could unlock the puzzle of what happened to Karen."
Information that could someday give closure to Wilson's parents, who refuse to give their youngest child a grave site without first being able to answer what if?
"It's never been a consideration, we've never even thought about it cause we don't have our daughter," said Karen's mother.
Until someone comes forward, Jenny and Taylor Wilson are forced to live with years of questions gone unanswered and somehow distance themselves from grief.
"Not that we don't think about her daily but not living the bad news continually," Karen's father explained.
Anyone with information on the disappearance of Karen Wilson is asked to contact State Police at 783-3211.