Drexel Hill,Pa. (WTXF) - It's been four years since a Delaware County family has seen their loved one. Amanda De Guio is now 28 years old and her family has no idea what has happened to her. On Monday, the Upper Darby Police Department reopened the case.
"It's 4 years--4 very long years," her mother, Joanne De Guio, said.
4 years since then 24-year-old Amanda De Guio walked out of her mother's Drexel Hill home--leaving all of her belongings and her two young children behind.
"We need to know if shes hurt. We need to know why she left. We need to know if shes waiting somewhere for us to come find her," Joanne said.
Her mother says their family, including Amanda's children ages 6 and 8, need to know what happened to their mother.
"I pray that when I look out the window, I'm gonna hear a knock and it's gonna be Amanda. She's gonna say 'Gammy I'm here,'" her grandmother, Gloria De Guio, said.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood announced that his detectives are reopening Amanda's case, but instead of searching for a missing person Chitwood says they're searching for a body.
'We believe that Amanda met some foul play and I've assigned two detectives to work around the clock," Superintendent Chitwood.
The De Guio family hired private investigator Kevin Ryan to help find their daughter.
"We all work together in following up on leads--been to Kensington, been to Lower Bucks, been out of state," private investigator Kevin Ryan said.
Amanda has had a history of drug abuse and was possibly involved in prostitution when she took off 4 years ago; however, her family says she would never go more than a day without calling and she would not leave her children. Police are convinced there are people out there with the information they need to close this case.
"We believe that somebody out there knows something you just don't disappear in thin air like this," Ryan said.
"It's time now. It's time somebody knows something and we are hoping that that one person will answer our prayers," Joanne said.
Police say there is a $5,000 reward for information that helps police find her. Anyone with information is asked to call the Upper Darby Police Department.