6 Years Later, Search for Mom Missing From SE D.C. Continues

Six years after a single mother was last seen at her southeast D.C. home, her mother and children continue their search.

Unique Harris had moved into a new apartment just weeks before Oct. 10, 2010, when she put her children to bed, never to be seen by them again.

“People don’t just disappear without a trace,” said her mother, Valencia Harris.

She has been returning to the Southeast neighborhood handing out flyers every chance she gets the past six years hoping for a miracle.

“You’re fighting every day just for answers, and when you don’t have any answers that’s the hardest part,” she said.

“The last thing I remember from her was her telling me good night and that everything was going to be OK,” said her son, 11-year-old Richard.

Police say there was no sign of foul play. Her family is certain somebody took her.

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“She left her glasses,” her brother Varndell Jordan said. “She could barely see. She doesn’t go anywhere without her glasses. She left her glasses, her pocketbook and her money. Ain’t no way she just walk off.”

Richard and his 10-year-old brother, U’Andre, haven’t given up hope.

“I just pray that she’ll come back and she’ll be in one piece,” Richard said.

“Just hope she comes back,” U’Andre said.

“It’s an active missing persons investigation,” interim D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said. “It’s a very sad story, and I know they’re very concerned, as are we, to locate her.”

Valencia Harris believe someone in the neighborhood knows what happened to her daughter, and she hopes they’ll come forward

U’Andre and Richard say they know they have to stay strong for their grandmother and each other.

“I feel sad in my heart but I don’t want to show it,” Richard said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the educations of U’Andre and Richard.

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