ATLANTA,None - The father of a Buckhead woman missing since the day after Christmas is talking about the long days since her disappearance. He said he’s praying for her safe return.
English said he has watched the investigation into his daughter's disappearance unfold. Police said 36-year-old Stacey English’s car disappeared Dec. 26 and the next day, officers found her car empty and running in a southeast Atlanta library parking lot. Her family wants answers.
“If someone has seen something or knows something, please come forward," English said.
He said he is hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.
“If my daughter was just stymied or hurt, she would’ve reached out to someone by now, so I feel that my daughter’s incapacitated now, somewhere in the cold,” English said.
Investigators have been searching for clues in and around her Buckhead condo, where her father says she left her gate card inside and the fireplace running.
“To me, it looked like she was expecting to run out and come back,” English said.
Police have named a person of interest -- Robert Kirk, a friend who was visiting her from St. Louis for Christmas.
"He was at my mother's house breaking bread with us,” English said.
Family members said before her disappearance, Stacey English and Kirk had an argument, and she threw him out of her condo. Police have not named Kirk a suspect, but Atlanta police investigators will be traveling to St. Louis to question him. They're getting help from the FBI. Relatives said they just want the nightmare to end.
“Whether she's in the hospital or wherever she is at the end, we’re all going to be standing right there,” said Bernice Hurks, the missing woman’s aunt.
On Friday and Saturday, family and friends plan to hand out flyers to get information. The Atlanta Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case. Tipsters are asked to call 404-577-8477.