by Kim Powell
HOBBS, NM - "If you have faith the size of mustard seed, nothing is impossible to you." Those are words that Jennifer Wilkerson cherished, shared through a hand-me-down necklace from her mom, Vikki Wilkerson, who is still holding on to hope that someone knows something.
Jennifer vanished from her Lubbock home 10 years ago when she was just 26. She was reported missing when she did not show up for work and police believe she may be in danger.
To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of her disappearance, dozens of friends and family gathered in her hometown of Hobbs, New Mexico, for a balloon release ceremony and to share their favorite memories.
"She was always laughing and it was the head-thrown-back big laugh and making everyone laugh harder," Jennifer's lifelong friend, Susana Arguello, said.
"Jen's the type of person that when you meet her, you're friends from then on," Alison Wilson, who has known Jennifer since middle school, said.
Her lifelong friends organized the balloon release ceremony to not only celebrate her life but to shed light on the fact that they're still looking for her.
"This is something that we haven't given up on. This is something that we have in our hearts; we think of her daily," Wilson said.
"We just miss her a lot. There's so many things I want to tell her," Arguello said.
"10 years, that's a long time for someone to...someone knows something and we hope this will maybe persuade someone to come forward," Wilson said.
That's exactly what the balloons symbolized; purple for her favorite color and blue string for hope.
Personal notes were also tied to the ends of the string, and if Jennifer is still out there, they hope she gets their messages.
"I just have so many things I want to tell you. I know I tell you all the time and I know you can hear me somewhere but we just want to bring you home," Arguello said.
"If you're out there, we're still looking for you. If you're gone, we'll see you later and I love you," Vikki Wilkerson said.