By Elizabeth Matthews
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - It was one year ago Tuesday that 23-year-old Phoenix Coldon disappeared.
She left her Spanish Lake home and about two hours later her car was found in East St. Louis.
Her parents and police are still hopeful they will find Phoenix.
About two dozen people met at a bookstore near Delmar and Union, all of them knowing that despite all odds Phoenix is still alive.
She has been gone for one year and her parents are still waiting, and have made life at home standstill just a little.
The Christmas tree is still up from last year with presents from last year still waiting for Phoenix.
Her parents Lawrence and Goldia say the tree has only moved one time since last December.
"I pushed the tree over and I broke some of the ornaments and Lawrence took the rest of the ornaments off and he said, 'Well I am going to take the tree down' and I said, 'No you are not,'" said Goldia.
Phoenix's room has pretty much stayed the same, although Goldia says she has spruced things up a bit so the room will be clean and fresh for her return.
"This is one of those cases where it bothers the detectives in this unit because she just flat disappeared," said Sgt. Gary Goro.
Sgt. Goro says Phoenix left her parents home around 3 p.m. December 18, 2011. At 5:20 p.m. that same day East St. Louis police found her SUV.
"The fact that her car was found in East St. Louis abandoned, running with the keys in it, makes us feel like something bad happened," said Sgt. Goro.
Since their daughter has gone missing, flyers hang on their front porch hoping someone will see her picture and know something.
Goldia says she cries every day and prays every hour.
"What gets me the most is that I can't see her and I can't talk to her. I used to just look at her and I would say, 'Phoenix you are so beautiful.' She is she is so beautiful," said Goldia.
"We won't give up, this case will stay open until she's found on way or another," said Sgt. Goro.
A police officer's determination going hand in hand with a mother's plea.
"Don't let what has happened keep you from coming home, whatever it is we will take care of it so just come home," said Goldia.
If you have any information about the disappearance of Phoenix Coldon, you are urged to contact the family at 314-653-6606, Det. Michael Moore at 314-615-5400, or the tip line at 305-482-3771.