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Family of Missing Woman Wants Closure

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Buffalo: Family of Missing Woman Wants Closure
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LAKEWOOD, N.Y. -- After 17 years, the Lakewood Busti Police Department has not given up on finding Lori Ceci-Bova.

"We know that the family would like to have some closure, we'd like to find out where she is, or what happened to her and put this to an end," said Lakewood Busti Police Chief John Bentley.

"It still feels just as intense as it did back then. You definitely want to be able to put it behind you and just have the answers," said Renee Shutters, Lori Ceci-Bova's Sister.

Ceci-Bova was 26 when she was last seen leaving Red Lobster in Lakewood with her husband Tyrone, sister Renee and her husband back on June 7, 1997.

"From the day this happened I just had this sickening feeling she was no longer with us," said Shutters.

Investigators say Tyrone Bova told them he and Lori got into an argument later that night, and she left their New York Street apartment to go for a walk around 2-am. Bentley says Bova waited several hours before alerting police she didn't return.

"By the time the report was made, the trail was cold in essence. We tried the canine group to see if we could pick up any scent of where she might have gone but the canine picked up nothing at that time," said Bentley.

No arrests have been made in the case. Bentley says Bova lives in North Carolina and remains a person of interest.

"There is some information we feel is very pertinent that because of the sensitive nature of this case I can't divulge," said Bentley.

Police have followed several leads over the years and scoured the area.

"We've had psychics, we've had people in jail and in prison trying to tell us things," said Bentley. "We've been in the woods, we've been on the lake, we've been everywhere that anyone could possibly think of to look for Lori Bova but none of it leads to a positive conclusion in any way, shape or form."

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