Gathering shows hope for missing woman

Published January 22, 2006

TEMPLE TERRACE - The sun went down Saturday on another day without Sandra Prince.

Her white stucco house on Moffat Place was empty for the third week in a row. But on the street outside, close to 100 people gathered with candles and unanswered questions for a vigil of hope that she is all right.

What happened to this 59-year-old friend, cousin, landlord and neighbor? Where is she? "We just want to say together that we want our neighbor home," said neighbor Suzanne Spigener, 58, as she locked arms with six other women and faced television news cameras.

Prince, a social worker who helped found the Agency for Community Treatment Services, was last seen Dec. 30.

She lives alone, has no children and left few clues.

Friends tied a yellow ribbon around a tree and listened to a few of her favorite songs, including Janis Joplin's Me & Bobby McGee.

Temple Terrace police spokeswoman Paula McDonald said Saturday police have no persons of interest and no suspects, but the investigation continues. As the music died, Jim Moore, 68, a cousin who grew up with Prince in North Carolina, stepped forward to thank those who had come.

"We are a fairly large family," he said, "and she is by far the best of us all."

Anyone with information about the disappearance was asked to call (813) 989-7110.