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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s a text that has burned itself into the mind Patti Tam over the past three years.

“I’ll be home tonight. I’ll see you in a little bit.”

Those short 11 words came from Patti’s daughter, Desirae Ferris. Only, she never came home.

Today, Desirae’s family is still crippled by the reality of what probably happened to the 18-year-old. Yet, they still try to remain hopeful that their fears don’t turn out to be reality.

“She’s got an army of people that aren’t giving up and going away. We’ve done billboards. We’ve had fundraisers, we’ve plastered flyers everywhere. Um, talk shows, Crime Watch Daily. People magazine,” Tam said.

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However, she also said the closest they’ve come to finding her is when detectives pinged her phone nearly two weeks after Desirea disappeared.

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