Seven years since Joyce Crider's disappearance

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It's been seven years today since Joyce Crider disappeared, but investigators are still trying to figure out what happened to the Lexington woman. Now her family says they may soon change her status from 'missing'.

The brother of Joyce Crider tells 27 NEWSFIRST that although Joyce Crider is still considered missing, the family knows that this is not the case.

For seven years now Mike Gaines has wondered what exactly happened to Joyce Crider.

"She's my sister and I miss her", says Mike Gaines.

Crider went missing in 2002 when she told her family she was going to see her now ex-husband Bill Crider, who she was in the middle of a divorce with.

"Just never head anything else. Just total absence", says Mike Gaines.

Police have since searched several areas hoping to find her remains. The most recent search was last year in Floyd County on property owned by Bill Crider. A house on his property had burned the month before the search was conducted.

"Our opinion is he was heavily involved. He is involved", says Mike Gaines.

While police have never ruled Bill Crider out as a suspect, they've never had enough evidence in the case to charge him or anyone else. Crider's body has never been found. Her family says Bill Crider was the last person to see her.

"We believe that she's passed on. She's dead", says Mike Gaines.

Joyce Crider's family says they plan to soon legally declare Crider's death.

"We're going to go forward with legal proceedings to get that taken care of as far as declarations", says Mike Gaines.

They say they are still holding onto hope however that someone knows where she may be.

"Every little piece of information makes a big difference", says Mike Gaines.

Police say since the day Joyce Crider disappeared, her financial records and phone have not had any activity on them, strengthening their belief that something did happen to her.

Crider's family says they are still offering a $20,000 dollar reward for information that leads to her whereabouts. You are asked to contact Lexington Police about this case at (859) 263-2020.

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