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Ohio case gives local moms of missing boys renewed hope

Alene Hayes and Linda Alligood 050713 (Thomas Bradley)
Alene Hayes and Linda Alligood, mothers of two local missing boys, say Ohio case gives them hope (Thomas Bradley)
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Updated: 5/07/2013 8:49 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Alene Hayes and Linda Alligood have an unbreakable bond, united by the pain of unanswered questions that have haunted them for the past eight years.

"It helps to know we're both into together no matter how you look at it," said Linda Alligood, mother of Mark Degner.
Mark Degner, 12, and Bryan Hayes, 13, disappeared after investigators say they walked away from Paxon Middle School on February 10th, 2005.

"A case worker called me the next day but that night from 10 o'clock until 1 o'clock I walked the floor, I knew something was wrong and I knew it was one of my children," said Alene Hayes, mother of Bryan Hayes.
Leads in the case eventually went cold but thanks to the story about the survival of three girls in Ohio, both moms now have a boost of confidence.

"I was ecstatic, so happy for the families and it always gives you hope," said Hayes.
Alligood and Hayes say until their day comes when they can hug their sons again, hope
will be the last thing they lose.

"You keep hope no matter how you look at it, that he's safe that he's OK," said Alligood.

In the meantime, Hayes has this message for anyone who may know anything that will at least give her some closure.
"If it was your child you'd want to know too and if you know something please call," said Hayes.

If you know anything that could help police find Bryan Hayes and Mark Degner call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-the-lost or the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500.

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