Two years since Peaches' disappearance

Published: May. 3, 2012 at 5:05 PM EDT|Updated: May. 8, 2012 at 9:45 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's an emotional week for the family of a Henrico woman now missing for more than two years.

Arianna Davis, better known as "Peaches," disappeared without a trace, but her family members believe she is alive.

Peaches' family said she went to a convenience store off Nine Mile Road in Eastern Henrico to grab a few things. They thought she would be home soon, and now, two years later, they still have not seen her.

This week has been a difficult one for Peaches' brother Johnathan Shearin. He turned 19 on Tuesday — his birthday came one day after his sister disappeared.

"It hurts," Shearin said.  "It really does. I'm not going to sit here and say it doesn't because it does. We try to get through our days but it's rough."

He said as if the last two years weren't hard enough, people have teased him about his sister's sudden disappearance.

"Sometimes they say things that really hurt," he said.  "Like, 'I think I seen your sister here,' or 'I think I seen your sister there' or 'was that your sister they found in that ditch?' It's real hurtful."

Peaches' family has put up flyers, held vigils — anything else they can to do to bring her home. They say one of the hardest parts is not having a clue what may have happened to her.

Her stepfather Robert said it's unlikely Peaches ran off without telling her family. Her wallet, house keys and ID were still inside her home.

"We don't want to think negative," said Robert Shearin.  "We only want to think positive that she's okay but you know, people just don't disappear up in thin air."

His heart drops every time he sees headlines about a body being found. He's always afraid the next one could be Peaches.

Through it all, they're clinging to hope that Peaches will finally come home.

"She was just a real loving person," Johnathan Shearin said. "I ain't going to say, 'was', she is because I still believe my sister is still alive."

Henrico Police say the investigation is still ongoing in Peaches' disappearance. Investigators say they have several "strong leads."

If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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