SIMMONS: Boys want missing mom home for Christmas

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“Police would not fully track her phone,” Ms. Harris said, although they did discover a 3 a.m. incoming call.

“They looked into her inner circle and gave a polygraph to the boys’ father,” who lives in Richmond, she said.

The inner circle included a boyfriend, who at the time was attending a U.S. Job Corps program in West Virginia and had an alibi.

Thousands of Americans go missing each year, and not all of their cases or faces are given national media coverage.

The Harris case has not been as widely publicized as some missing-person cases involving young women, such as the disappearance of Natalee Holloway or the sexually scandalous case of congressional intern Chandra Levy.

But there has been a measure of coverage by BET and on several websites, including and

In addition, lists several details about missing-persons cases, and in Unique’s case, those details include tattoos with her and her sons’ names.

Also, and cite an award up to $25,000 for information that would lead to the safe return of Unique Harris.

Ms. Harris said she and her grandsons’ father have a bitter relationship that did not stem from her daughter’s disappearance, and she is appreciative that she gets to visit them.

But those occasional visitations, since the boys live with their dad in Richmond, hardly fill the hole left in her heart with them so far away and with her oldest daughter, whose 27th birthday is in January, still missing.

“Honestly,” she said, “the case leaves more questions than answers.”

There appeared to be no forced entry, and no bloody footprints or fingerprints.

The apartment wasn’t torn apart.

Neither the boys nor Unique Harris‘ niece heard her bickering with an intruder.

“It’s unnerving,” said Ms. Harris. “My daughter is gone. The boys want their mother. I want my daughter.”

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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