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Parents of missing Homewood woman remain hopeful after 5-year search

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"Five years...and the main question is 'Where is Nadia?'," Nancy Kersh said.

Nancy Kersh is trying to find her daughter, Nadia.

The 23-year-old went missing back in 2008. She was last seen in Homewood. Nancy remembers their last conversation.

"She was scared," she said. "She wanted to leave the area."

Nancy says she didn't ask why. She figured Nadia would talk about it after moving in with her parents in a few weeks in Washington D. C.

Soon after...Nadia was missing.

Nancy says she was never allowed inside her daughter's apartment and Nadia's belongings were given away.

"Jewelry...a pair of dolphin earrings that [her brother] bought for her...are gone," she said. "Her journal...is gone."

Something else was gone. Their grandson; Nadia's one year old child.

Nancy says the boy is not staying with family, which is something they have been trying to overturn.

"I want you to know that we have spent our life savings, hundreds of thousands of dollars, trying to bring our grandson home and trying to find our daughter," Nancy Kersh said.

And finding their daughter might have caught a second wind.

"It's promising but, again, the wait is very long," she said.

Friday, the Kersh family met with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and was told they are waiting on DNA analysis from the FBI.

It could be nothing. It could be something.

Nancy says until there's a definitive answer...the search is not over.

"I haven't seen her," she said. "I haven't seen her remains so, yes, I am hopeful."

Chris Cantrell with Central Alabama Search and Rescue says his organization continues to follow all leads in hopes of finding Nadia. He says the search has been localized to Jefferson County.

If you have any information on Nadia Kersh you can call Cantrell at 205-305-6555.

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