CONCORD, N.C. — Lacey Castro is so desperate to find her missing friend, Crystal Morrison Prentice, that she is now offering her car as a reward.
The car is being offered from Friday through Monday as a reward for information that leads to finding Prentice.
“I would give up everything I have if it meant getting Crystal back to her son and all of us that miss her so much,” Castro said. “I wish I had more to offer. Crystal would never give up on finding me, and I will never give up on finding her.”
Castro is offering her 1999 Lexus ES 300 as a reward.
Concord police and the FBI followed numerous leads after Prentice went missing on Aug. 23, 2012. Her family sought the help of missing person nonprofits, hired a private investigator, held numerous vigils and events -- they even offered a $10,000 reward for anonymous information.
This is the latest effort by Castro, who has passed out more than 10,000 fliers in her quest to find her friend. She has driven up and down I-85, posting fliers of Prentice at every rest area from here to Virginia, in the hopes it will generate information.
Prentice was last seen on the afternoon Aug. 23, 2012 walking near International Drive and Highway 73 in Concord.
That day, Prentice walked out the door of Connextions Recruiting and vanished without a trace, leaving behind a young son, Kyson, and her family. The disappearance was suspicious, and the Concord Police Department and the FBI have followed numerous leads. Castro has pursued information on her own as well.
As part of her quest, Castro has kept every newspaper article she can find about Prentice so she can have information to give people she meets who may be able to help. She keeps fliers in her car that she is constantly handing out.
Now, Castro is offering her car, hoping it will to entice someone to give the information police need to find Prentice.
“I hope by this time next week my car will be gone and Crystal’s arms will be wrapped around her son and all of us that love and miss her so very much,” she said. “I know someone knows something, and I just pray they have the heart to finally come forward and help end this nightmare for her son and all of us.”
In addition to Castro offering her car for a reward, the family is organizing a roadside rally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the corner of International Drive and Davidson Highway, Concord.
Prentice, 31, left Connextions Recruiting at 4601 Corporate Drive NW No. 115 in Concord about 12:41 p.m. She had made a phone call for a ride that morning, saying she felt ill. By all accounts she appeared to exit her work place, waiting for that ride home.
She apparently walked north on International Drive. She was last seen at the intersection of International Drive and Davidson Highway.
Prentice is about 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 100 pounds. She has blonde and red hair, blue eyes, wears contacts and has piercings in her ears. She has her son's name, "Kyson," tattooed on the back of her neck and a “design swirl” tattooed on her lower back.
Tipsters can remain anonymous and are asked to contact the Concord Police Department at 704-920- 5000. You can also leave tips anonymously by calling the Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers at 704-93CRIME.
Contact Michael Knox at 704-789-9133.