Five years ago, on Nov. 13, 2009, Christina Whittaker, 21, of Hannibal was reported missing.

Five years ago, on Nov. 13, 2009, Christina Whittaker, 21, of Hannibal was reported missing.

Although she has not returned, her mother, Cindy Young, has not given up hope of seeing her back in Hannibal with her family.

This is because Young has received reports of people seeing Whittaker in Peoria, Ill., “at least a couple times a month,” Young said. “People have seen her in different areas around Peoria.”

Young is in touch with the Peoria authorities and often travels to Peoria in hopes of finding her daughter.

“I think she has had a lot done to her, and I don’t think she will come home on her own,” Young said.

Whittaker is now age 26. Her daughter, Alexandria Johnston, was only 6 months old when she last saw her mother. Now Alexandria is 5 years old and attending kindergarten, Young reported.

In observance of Whittaker being missing for five years, her mother is hosting an event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.

“We want to do it to honor Christina,” Young said. “She always loved to dance, so to honor her we are going to have a dance and try to have a good time. … We have a deejay, music and dancing.

“We will be serving drinks, soup, sandwich and dessert for donations only, and there is no entry fee,” Young said.

“It is not a fund-raiser but if we raise money, it will be to raise the reward. There is a $10,000 reward for Christina’s safe return.

“We are inviting everybody, even if they have no money,” Young emphasized. “Come down and eat a meal and bring your kids and have a good time.”