Maine woman still missing in California

PLYMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A mother is still looking for answers five months after her daughters disappearance in California. 23-year-old Danielle Bertolini was reported missing February 19th in Fortuna, California. Her mother, Billy-Joe Dick, believes her daughter is no longer alive - but refuses to give up the search.

Danielle Bertolini, from Plymouth, moved to California after losing her unborn son in 2010. Unable to cope with the loss, she sought a distraction in a change of scenery. But instead of bringing peace, the move brought more grief than anyone thought possible.

According to Danielle's mother, the missing girl never stayed in one place while in California, but she called to check in with her mother and younger sister almost every day. When neither of them heard from Danielle after January 29th and could not reach her, they reported her missing. That was on February 19th. After finding all of her belongings left abandoned, Danielle's mother believes her daughter is dead. Dick continues to search for her daughter's remains, but so far has not found any evidence of where Danielle might be.

"We've checked on every lead. We've went everywhere. I've looked in so many wells, so many abandoned houses, places that have burnt. And to have my daughter not be in any of them and not know where she is is killing me," said Billie-Joe Dick.

On Saturday, a vigil was held for Danielle Bertolini in Bangor's Cascade Park. Dick says she appreciates everyone who has helped her search for Danielle and encourages anyone with information to come forward.


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