5th Anniversary of Ali Gilmore's Disappearance

A Tallahassee woman vanished without a trace five years ago today (February 3, 2006) and there is still no sign of Ali Gilmore and no explanation of what happened to her.

Her disappearance still baffles family and friends and police admit the trail of tips and clues has gone cold.

It was a whodunnit then and a whodunnit now. Ali Gilmore disappeared from her home five years ago today.

"This is pretty surprising, shocking for us."

That was friend and neighbor Scot Poppell in February 2006. He still lives right around the corner.

"She was one of the reasons why it was a nice neighborhood. She was such a nice person and it's said in five years, we haven't heard anything," Poppell said.

"I'm not really too optomistic at five years to find out more. I mean, that would be one of those awesome stories that you hear about if you do," he said.

Gilmore - who was 30 and pregnant when she disappeared - was reported missing when she failed to show up for work. Her home showed no signs of break in or struggle, her purse untouched, her car still in the driveway. And no one ever heard from her again.

"I feel like she's no longer with us and God forgive me if I am wrong," said Ali Gilmore's mother Laurvetta McLawrence from her home in West Palm Beach.

Gilmore's mother still has a missing sign in her front yard and still waits for that phone call.

"I'm ill and I just pray and ask God to let me be around for some kind of closure," McLawrence said.

Despite the fingerprinting, interviewing and searching, police have never been able to find Gilmore, dead or alive.

"We have names of people that we have looked very closely at, but to say that we have a person that we could provide to the public as a suspect? Not at this time," TPD Spokesman David McCranie said.

Gilmore's mother is convinced someone in Tallahassee knows something. It's okay to remain anonymous, she says, but not silent.

You can hear more of our interview with Ali Gilmore's mother later this month in a special report called "The Waiting" which profiles families in unsolved crimes. That's coming up February 20th and 21st.

If you have information that could help solve this case ... call Tallahassee Police or Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS


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