Weeks passed, then Christmas. Now, more than a week into the new year, 25-year-old Angel Phelps is still missing.
She was last seen around 1 p.m. Nov. 25 at her parents’ home on Palmetto Avenue, and her mother last talked to her on Nov. 26.
“After that, we did not see or hear from her. Nobody has, and that is unusual,” said her mother, Janice Phelps. “Angel always kept in contact with us, and someone always knew where she was. But it’s like she’s vanished. I feel an emptiness in my heart, and it won’t be filled until she’s found. We all really miss her.”
Phelps reported her daughter missing to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, which immediately began searching for her.
Angel is white, 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds. She has blue eyes and shoulder-length brown hair.
She has been known to stay at different places in the Warrenville area, but searchers have yet to find her.
“It’s been a very bad time for us. Very upsetting,” Janice said. “I feel totally lost. It’s been terrible. I don’t know what to do, what to say, and I feel helpless. Completely helpless.”
Though Angel is an adult, it doesn’t lessen the worry and concern a mother has when her child is missing, she added.
“I have always kept in contact with my children,” she said. “No matter how old they are, you still worry about them. You still want to know that they are OK. You still want to know that they are safe.”
Christmas was especially hard on the family. Gifts wrapped with bows fill a bedroom in the Phelps’ home, waiting for Angel to come home and open them.
“It was the first Christmas she’s ever missed,” said her mother. “She loves Christmas. She wouldn’t have missed it for anything in the world.”
Support has been flowing in constantly from the community during the past several weeks.
“We have calls every day from people who are concerned,” she said. “People have been so comforting and encouraging. They have been calling to help in any way they can.
‘‘People tell us that we’re in their prayers. There’s even a prayer chain out there for Angel’s safe return home. It means everything to me to know that people out there are praying with us and that they care.”
The family also has been appreciative of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office’s efforts and support.
“They have done and are doing everything they know to do to help find Angel,” she said. “They are trying hard, and we appreciate that.”
Angel has no known medical conditions and does not have a driver’s license or vehicle, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (800) 922-9709 or Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000.
“If everybody would remember to say a prayer that she will be found safe, that would mean a lot to me,” said Janice. “I know the Lord will hear each and every prayer.”