The mystery of what happened to Heaven LaShae Ross has only grown deeper in the year since she disappeared.
The redheaded 11-year-old was last seen a year ago Thursday, when she was reported missing after failing to show up at her school bus stop.
Since then, rumors and questions have swirled about how a child could seemingly vanish during the day in the middle of the community where she lived.
For mother Beth Lowery, her common-law husband Kevin Thompson and the rest of their family, the year has brought heartache, false leads, bitter disputes and public scrutiny.
For police, it's been a perplexing mix of suspicions and tips - none of which has led them to the girl friends knew as Shae.
Lowery believes her daughter saw someone she knew and accepted a ride to avoid ominous weather the morning she was last seen.
Lowery says she firmly believes that here daughter will come home one day.