David Martin was 31 years old when he disappeared on Aug. 29, 1983. He and a friend left Martin’s West Jasper home to go to Nauvoo to sell blue jeans.
The vehicle they were riding in was found a few days later burned at a strip mine in Nauvoo.
Martin was never seen again.
Parker said even though it’s been 30 years, the pain of losing her brother — and not knowing what happened to him — is still there today.
“It seems like it was just yesterday,” Parker said Tuesday. “All those years don’t mean anything to me.”
Parker said Martin was not the type person to leave without telling someone where he was going because he helped take care of his ailing mother.
“He took care of momma, and when he didn’t come home that night, we just knew something was wrong,” Parker said.
Police have long since given up hope of finding Martin, Parker said. She won’t give up.
“No, I can’t give up hope,” Parker said. “I just can’t give up. He was my baby brother.”
Her family has endured 30 years of not knowing what happened to Martin, and that’s what has been the toughest to deal with.
“God don’t create people to just vanish,” she said. “This has taken a toll on our family, but we can’t give up hope of finding out what happened to David.
“You just don’t get over something like this,” she added.
Martin said she believes someone knows what happened to her brother, and she hopes they will come forward — even after 30 years — to give the family closure.
“We’ve had a few leads over the years, but we haven’t heard anything new in a long time,” Parker said. “I love my brother. We know he’s gone, but we’d like to know what happened.”