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NC woman says she's not giving up hope on mom missing for 6 months

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) -- A central North Carolina family needs help finding their loved one.

Friday marked six months since Susan McGirt vanished in Robeson County. 

McGirt's family said there have been very few leads in their case, and they're still looking for answers. 

The 55-year-old mother was last seen in Lumberton's Saddletree Community on July 4, 2018. 

"The day she was reported missing, from that Wednesday through that Saturday, I bet you I had three hours worth of sleep," said daughter Mary Wesson.

For Wesson, Friday also marked the first time being on Mount Moriah Church Road in about half a year since her mother went missing. 

"In the back of my mind, I'm saying maybe I'll see her somewhere," Wesson said. 

She still has many questions. 

"I just keep thinking what is she having to go through? Is she safe? Is she hungry? Is she thirsty? Is she cold? Is she tired," she said. "That day plays in my head over, and over and over again." 

Wesson said McGirt had been reported missing just days after checking in to a nearby assisted living facility.

"The dogs tracked her scent straight to the pavement of the [Interstate] 95 southbound lane," Wesson said. 

She said her mother suffers from mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia, and has been taking medications for decades. 

"She probably doesn't know who she is right now," Wesson said. "She probably even doesn't remember that she has a family."

But since her disappearance, Wesson is raising awareness in her community, including joining the "Shatter the Silence" organization

Ultimately, she hopes to one day find closure for her family. 

"After a week, hope kind of faded. After a month, hope kind of faded even more," Wesson said. "At six months, I'm not giving up on her. I'm not giving up on her. I'll die and go to my grave looking for her. I'm not going to give up on her."

McGirt was last seen wearing a pink housecoat and pink pajama bottoms when she disappeared.

Wesson said there's a $1,000 reward being offered for information that could lead to McGirt's whereabouts. 

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Robeson County Sheriff's Office at (910) 671-3100.

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