Texas family searching for answers 27 years after mother disappeared

Carey Mae Parker was living with friends in Quinlan, Texas, when she mysteriously vanished on March 17, 1991

Carey Mae Parker was living with friends in Quinlan, Texas, when she mysteriously vanished on March 17, 1991

The family of a 23-year-old woman who went missing in 1991 is still holding out hope that someone, somewhere, might be able to offer up some answers. 

Carey Mae Parker was living with friends in Quinlan, Texas, when she mysteriously vanished on March 17, 1991. 

And 19 years later, the family realized that a missing persons report was never officially filed, so a search for the disappeared young woman never officially began. 

Now, one day after when the family would have celebrated her fiftieth birthday, they have asked anyone with information about the missing woman to come forward.

The single mother-of-three was working at an air conditioning tine in Terrell, about 20 miles from her home, to make ends meet and give her children a more stable life. 

When she went missing the three children, Mandee, Brandy and Brian, were all under the age of six. 

She has been missing for 27 years now, leaving her family desperate for answers about her whereabouts 

She has been missing for 27 years now, leaving her family desperate for answers about her whereabouts 

After 19 years, Carey Mae's family realized that a missing persons report was never officially filed, so a search for the disappeared young woman never officially began

Carey Mae was last seen when she went to her father Howard Parker's home to pick up laundry and a paycheck

After 19 years, Carey Mae's family realized that a missing persons report was never officially filed, so a search for the disappeared young woman never officially began. She is pictured with all of her children in undated photos, and with their father in the left image

Her sister Patricia Gager told NBC two of the children were living with their grandfather and one was with her biological father and that Parker saw her children as much as she could. 

Carey Mae was last seen when she went to her father Howard Parker's home to pick up laundry and a paycheck.

Brian's birthday was in a few days and Patricia said she was planning a birthday party for him, which Carey Mae was planning to attend. 

Brandy said that in 2010 when she filed a missing person's report for her mother she didn't feel like police were taking her seriously when she filed the police report because the subject had already been gone for nearly two decades. She is pictured with her firstborn son Brian

Brandy said that in 2010 when she filed a missing person's report for her mother she didn't feel like police were taking her seriously when she filed the police report because the subject had already been gone for nearly two decades. She is pictured with her firstborn son Brian

But on the day of the party Carey Mae never showed up. 

Their father called in to his friend, a constable for Hunt County, to report her missing, but a missing persons report was never filed. 

A few months later, after not hearing anything back from detectives, Patricia filed a new missing persons report in Terrell, Texas. 

But Terrell Police Captain AD Sampson told Dateline that while the department received a call from Patricia, she didn't actually

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