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Cleveland missing persons puts focus on local cases

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One of the most talked about news stories this week is the discovery of three women found alive in Cleveland after they disappeared about a decade ago.

FOX6 News talked with Birmingham police and they say in the majority of their missing persons cases, the subject is found fairly quickly. But there are certainly some people who have remained missing for years.

We talked with them about how the Cleveland case has affected their job and we spoke with the mother of a Homewood woman who vanished over four years ago.

"It's still unreal to me. I still can't believe it. It's been four and a half years and I still can't believe it," Nancy Kersh said.

It was in a surveillance tape in May 2008 that Nadia Kersh was last seen. Her mother, Nancy, says there's not a day goes by that she doesn't think of her. Stories like the ones of the three women discovered in Cleveland send her on an emotional rollercoaster.

"It just makes me revisit what might have happened to her…and try to think again, what did we miss. What did we not see?" Nancy said.

Sgt. Anthony Williams with the Birmingham Police Department says they might get three missing persons reports in a day and of those three, one person is found within 24 hours.

On occasion, he says there are those situations where people just vanish.

But regardless of how long it's been those cases are never closed.

As for the case in Cleveland, he says it gives first responders hope.

"Gives me hope that we can locate their loved ones in being vigilant and putting the word out," Williams said.

Nancy Kersh feels that way too.

"And so it gives you hope so that's why I take this opportunity if someone knows something, please come forward," she said.

Nancy Kersh says there is aa website going that anyone can go on and share information about Nadia's case. Please visist

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