Family pleads for answers in disappearance of mother

Sheila Tingle
Sheila Tingle
Kara Rigdon and her children.
Kara Rigdon and her children.
Kara Rigdon and William Rigdon
Kara Rigdon and William Rigdon

GRAVEL SWITCH, KY (WAVE) – It's been more than two years since a mother of two vanished from her Marion County home never to be seen or heard from again.

The reward fund for information about Kara Rigdon's disappearance is set to expire December 1 at 12 a.m., that's why her mother is speaking out hoping someone will come forward and bring their family some peace.

"There is not a day that don't go by that you don't think today is the day that I'm going to get the news," said Sheila Tingle, Kara Rigdon's mother.

It's a constant waiting game that has become everyday life for Tingle ever since she last saw her 26-year-old daughter on July 17, 2010.

Kara was in the process of getting a divorce from her husband, William Rigdon, at the time she disappeared. Her car was later found abandoned along Bluegrass Parkway.

Tingle says at times, she believes her daughter is still alive. "You have moments that you say yes and you have moments that you think no, she's with God," said Tingle. "I mean a mother's love will never die and you will never entirely give up hope."

She knows she must remain strong for Kara's children, 10-year-old Austin and 3-year-old Nora. "Kara loved her children and should would have never, ever abandoned her children," said Tingle.

She says Austin just can't understand why. "There's not a day that doesn't go by that he doesn't say, I want mamma to come home. When is she coming," said Tingle.

While there have never been any named suspects in Kara's disappearance, just last month her estranged husband, William Rigdon, was arrested for murder. This charge comes after a Casey County man was found shot to death at his work.

As for Tingle, while the days keep adding up and her questions remain the same, she does trust one day she will find her baby girl.

"God will give me closure one day in his time, he will give me the closure that I need," said Tingle.

William Rigdon remains behind bars in Casey County.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Kara Rigdon, you are asked to call Kentucky State Police. The reward fund is currently at $11,000.

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