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"We'd talk two or three times a day, seven days a week" Lilly said. "We were like a mom and daughter, sisters and best friends all bound up in one."
her son; she wouldn't have left him for anything."
"Every time you hear that police found a body somewhere you're right on top of it. Every time you want to call the police and ask if it's her," James said.
The couple immediately headed to Alice's apartment. They were met by Nashville Metro Police who suggested that because Alice was a young college student, she likely had "gone off somewhere" and would soon return, they said.
James and Lilly Sullivan of Gallatin have prayed for answers about their daughter's mysterious disappearance for 27 years. Alice Mae Sullivan was last seen on campus at Tennessee State University on Aug. The 20 year old college student from Gallatin was last seen Aug. 28, 1986, on campus at Tennessee State University.
The investigation seemed at a standstill. The stress and grief overwhelmed the couple. There were times Lilly said she didn't want to go on living.
Because detectives expected Alice to come back, they allowed the Sullivans to stay in Alice's apartment to wait something they realize now was a Michael Kors Crossbody Ebay major mistake.
The Sullivans said something felt "off" on the evening of Aug. 28, 1986. Their daughter called every night, even though calling rates between Gallatin and Nashville were long distance then. That night there was no call. There was no answer either when James tried several times to reach his daughter after a local newscast announced that "Alice Sullivan" had won a trip.
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"I thought maybe she had entered the contest, but I never got an answer and I felt that was strange," James said.
Each day since, James and Lilly Sullivan have suffered and searched for answers about their daughter's disappearance. Time hasn't lessened their anguish, nor diminished the gaping hole in their lives.
"It's the not knowing that's so hard. You look around and you hope she'll just walk up," said James from the kitchen table of his Gallatin home, where the family has lived since 1977.
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The Sullivans wondered why her boyfriend hadn't called them if Alice wasn't where she was supposed to be, they said.
Alice from school, signed Cookie off the bus and looked after him until Alice's boyfriend arrived, the Sullivans said.
They spent the next several weeks at Alice's apartment waiting for her to come back. Friends from Gallatin helped canvass streets between TSU and the apartment, tacking up missing person posters and looking for clues.
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Alice, a 1985 Gallatin High School graduate, was working part time at Burger King and just beginning her sophomore year at TSU as a business major when she went missing. Despite being a teen mom, she was determined to be the first in her family to graduate from college. Her parents were supportive of her goals, helping to care for her 3 year old son, Deron, nicknamed Cookie, while Alice worked to pay her way through school and earned excellent grades.
"She'd say, 'Momma, when I finish school you ain't going to want for nothing because I'm going to take care of you.' She used to tell me that all the time," Lilly said, tears flowing as she recalled the close bond she shared with her only daughter.
The next morning the Sullivans called again. This time, Alice's boyfriend answered and told them she hadn't come home or picked her son up from his preschool bus stop. A neighbor, who knew Michael Kors Crossbody Pearl Gray
missing, Alice moved with her boyfriend to Town Terrace Apartments, a mile and a half from TSU on 40th Avenue North. A few days before she disappeared, Alice said she wanted to move back home, get a car and commute to TSU, her parents said. Friends told investigators that Alice mentioned going to the library, but it's not known if she did. She was last seen by a friend from Gallatin walking near TSU's Gentry Center that afternoon, according to the Sullivans. class.
"Nothing ever came up not her pocketbook, backpack, her ID nothing," James said.
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