Scientists Create An Age Progression Image To Help Mother Spending 20 Years To Search For Her Missing Daughter

Salena Harshini |Mar 05, 2021

Two decades have passed and the doting mother still holds high hopes to one day she can find her daughter.

A young girl vanished from Jackson, Tennessee twenty years ago and her mother says she will always keep on searching for her. The Tennessee missing daughter case still lingers in many minds.

The mother wants to know what happened

Thursday marks 2 decades since the 11-year-old Bethany Markowski disappeared from her residence in Old Hickory Mall, in Jackson, Tennessee. It was during her visit with her dad on the weekend.

Bethany Mom Holding A Picture Of Her Daughter
Bethany's mom holding a picture of her daughter. (Pictures courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

Her mother, residing in Nashville, reported that 4 March 2001 was the last time she talked to her kid. Moreover, she said the girl seemed upset.

Jonnie Carter told,

“She kept saying ‘Mom, you are going to pick me up at 5 p.m. right?’ I had a restraining order against her father, and that’s why I didn’t pick Bethany up. I didn’t want to break the restraining order. That’s why my sister Lori went. So, Bethany said ‘Will you be there at 5?’ I said I will. She said ‘I love you’, and I said ‘I love you, too’.’

She said her brother-in-law and sister went to see her estranged spouse Larry Markowski to pick up Bethany. However, the father and the daughter did not show up.

Bethany Markowski
The girl has been missing for 20 years now.

The man said he was napping in the car while Bethany Markowski entered the Jackson mall and she never came out. Meanwhile, the surveillance footage showed that the girl never went to the mall on the same day. Carter said Bethany was not visible in the parking lot, any entrances, or any store in the mall.

Who is the suspect?

Carter said that her husband was investigated at that time by the police. However, they did not charge him with anything. She claimed,

 “I do know for a fact she was in Gleason. She called me from the home phone number. I know she was in Gleason, because she stopped on the way out to say goodbye to one of her really good friends. After that, I don’t know.”

Bethany Markowski And Her Mother
The Tennessee missing daughter case still makes many, especially the mother, have insomnia.

The mother has never stopped finding Bethany ever since. She is now a volunteer in the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

“I was very concerned about doing a children’s missing day on the day Bethany disappeared, because I kind of thought on that day I should focus totally on Bethany, but actually it’s an honor that Tennessee Missing Children’s Day is March 4th. So, I can focus on Bethany and all the children in Tennessee,” said Carter.

She has not given up hope in finding her child. Meanwhile, the forensic artists of NCMEC have made an age progression avatar. It displays how Bethany might look today when she is 31.

How Bethany Markowski Might Look Today
What Bethany Markowski might look like today.

Carter said,

 “I can’t sit here and say that I’ll see Bethany one day, but what I can say is I will die fighting to bring her home. We’ll get her home one day.”

If you have any information about Bethany Markowski, contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) at 1-800-TBI-FIND or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.

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