Family asks fairgoers for help finding woman

Monday, July 23, 2007

HILLSBORO, Mo. -- It was a hard plea to ignore.

"Will you help me find my daughter, please?"

That's how Hubert Propst greeted people outside the Jefferson County Fair this weekend, as he and his wife, Bertha, continued search efforts for their daughter, Amanda Jones.

Jones was pregnant when she went missing nearly two years ago. Her parents and others handed out fliers at the civic center Saturday, just steps away from where her car was found unlocked with her purse inside after her disappearance.

"We just need that one last bit of information," said Lt. Tommy Wright, of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Jones was 26 and just days away from giving birth to the son she planned to name Hayden Lucas, when she disappeared Aug. 14, 2005. Jones had told her mother that she was going to the Hillsboro Civic Center to meet the man she believed to be the baby's father, Bryan Westfall.

Westfall has told authorities he had nothing to do with the disappearance and that Jones was alive when he left her at the civic center, a typical meeting place for the couple.

No charges have been filed and Jones' body has not been found. Investigators have looked into hundreds of leads.

Wright said thousands will be either reminded about Jones or see the plea for information for the first time this weekend. Wright said 6,000 had attended the fair Friday night.

Two large banners, funded by Eagle Bank where Jones used to work, will circulate around the region to publicize her disappearance.

There is a $100,000 reward in the case.

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