Search for missing woman continues five years after disappearance

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Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Justin Jones

HENRY COUNTY, Tn. - Combing through the thick brush of Land Between The Lakes in Henry County, Tennessee, dozens of Towson University students from Baltimore, Maryland are looking to bring Louise Younger's daughter home.

"I'm very grateful because if one person searches that means one step closer to finding something," Younger said.

Younger hasn't seen her daughter, Rachel Conger, in five years.  She said Conger was going through a divorce when she went missing.  While investigators haven't confirmed what happened, Younger believes her son-in law killed Rachel.

"I knew my daughter was dead at that time because of the simple fact he had threatened 'If you leave me, I will kill you,'" Younger told Local 6.

Younger said Rachel visited this portion of LBL often.  The forensic and psycholgy students are trying to find any pieces of evidence that could be the break in the case.

"We want to know the where.  We kind of know the why, but we also want to know the what, what happened.  How it happened. The family has a lot of questions and we are hoping for a smidgen of answers," said Sydney Boone.

They're being joined by members of the Southeast Canine Search and Rescue Team.  Chris Williams is the director and has been working this case for a year and said the students contacted him about getting involved.

"We're just doing what we can do.  That's all we can give them.  I don't want to install any false hope in them.  It has been 5 years.  Odds are against what we are doing," Williams said.

But for Younger, she's hoping she can beat those odds.

"I believe she will be found, it may not be in my lifetime.  You don't bury your children but to me it would be a miracle," Younger said. 

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