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Florida investigators renew search for Amy Patterson

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Amy Patterson and her boyfriend Daniel Proctor (source: Lee County Sheriff's Department) Amy Patterson and her boyfriend Daniel Proctor (source: Lee County Sheriff's Department)
Daniel Proctor (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) Daniel Proctor (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators in Florida will renew the search for a missing Madison County woman.

Amy Patterson was last seen a year ago in Lee County, Florida, where she worked as a teacher.

Her ex-husband, Daniel Proctor, is a suspect in her disappearance but has never been charged.

Instead, he's in the Madison County Jail on theft charges.

Meanwhile, Patterson's mother has raised $10,000 in reward money for Crime Stoppers in Florida.

Ladonna "Kay" Salehi won't believe her daughter is dead until there's proof of it.

"They keep telling me, 'Hey, Mom. She's dead. We got to accept that.' But I can't accept that."

These days, Salehi still gazes at old pictures of Patterson growing up, her daughter's teacher pin now attached securely next to her heart.

"She contributed so much to this family. And to have that piece gone, they all seem sort of adrift," she said.

Investigators at the Lee County Sheriff's Office in Florida believe Patterson was a victim of domestic homicide.

Her ex-husband, Proctor, had a violent past against his former wife.

He was charged with assault against Patterson in 1994 - something her mother never forgot.

"Danny hasn't come forward with anything. He hasn't said whether he's heard where she is, so that clears the hope that maybe she did run away," said Salehi. "Maybe she realized how bad off the situation really was and how controlling he had become."

On Friday, Lee County investigators will post a billboard and new photos of Patterson in a last-ditch effort to find her, and Salehi will track every detail.

"I just turned 61. And I certainly don't want to die not knowing what happened to my daughter," she said.

Proctor remains in the Madison County Jail with no ability to bond out.

His trial date on auto and gun theft charges has not been set.

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