JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) -
"I was happy and I was sad at the same time. I was happy for the families but I was sad because it wasn't Lydia," says Sherry Thompson, mother of Lydia Perkins.
Thompson is still waiting for answers to learn what happened to her daughter, Lydia in October of 1997.
Lydia went missing from the Cardinal Valley neighborhood sixteen years ago. Thompson says she doesn't know anything more about her daughter's disappearance than she did back then.
She was last seen walking from her boyfriend's house on Londonderry towards her home on Rugby Road, but Lydia never made it there.
"It was a crime of opportunity. There was someone bad that was looking for a child and I think she was on the corner. She was alone. I think they pulled to the side and they grabbed her and took her," adds Thompson.
Thompson says despite how much time has gone by, it doesn't get any easier, "Not knowing where she is. Is she dead or if she is alive? It is just heart wrenching," Thompson says.
Lydia would be thirty today. Now with these stories of survival coming out of Ohio, Thompson believes there is a still a chance Mom and daughter could be reunited.
"It does give you hope but I've lived on hope for sixteen years and you have to control your hope. You don't want to build up too much hope and then nothing comes out of it," says Thompson.
Thompson says she can't be at peace until her daughter, Lydia is and until the person or persons responsible are punished for what they took away.