Discouragement over the lack of leads in the disappearance of a 24-year-old Grand Junction woman and her two children led the woman’s family to offer a $5,000 reward for their return.

The move came as a last ditch effort to find Linda Miracle, of 1925 Ouray and her sons Troy, 5, and Chad, 3, missing from their homes since Aug. 23.

According to the woman’s mother-in-law, Mrs. Dewey Miracle, the family will wait to see if the reward offer will bring in information concerning their whereabouts before taking any other action.

The woman left the home with her children and hasn’t been heard from since.  Her car was parked in the driveway and apparently no personal possessions were taken with them.

The woman’s disappearance coincides with that of a neighbor, Mrs. Patricia Botham, 25, of 1914 Ouray, who left her two small sons unattended when she left her home Aug. 23.

Police believe the possibility exists the women may be together, but at this point do not believe foul play in involved.

Mrs. Dewey Miracle said the family is considering hiring a private detective to investigate the disappearances if the reward offer fails to turn up any clues.

“The police are so evasive and don’t offer many answers to our questions,” she said.

“Maybe they think it is none of our business,” she added.

Police have reported no new leads in the case.

The family said information concerning the missing women and her children should be sent to P.O. Box 2897 in Grand Junction.


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