HAMILTON, Ohio - The mother of a Hamilton man who went missing nearly two years ago is seeking closure.
Debbie Estes' son Billy DiSilvestro was 28 years old when he went missing on Feb. 7, 2011.
"I hope somebody just looks at the pain in my eyes right now. I'd give them $5,000 just to tell me where my son is. That's all I want," said Estes.
Estes says it’s becoming harder not to give up hope that she will find her son.
"I just never dreamed it would be going on this long," she said.
Estes decided to take matters into her own hands by using bench ads to remind people that DiSilvestro is still missing. She has put her son's face on three benches in the Tri-State and plans to get at least 12 more.
She wants to help other families going through the same thing by featuring the faces of other missing persons, as well.
"Because I feel at the beginning of this I didn't know a lot and I wish I'd have known some of things I know now," she said.
As the years go by with no sign of DiSilvestro, Estes says she's starting to lose hope of finding him alive.
"Realistically, I think I'm looking for my son’s remains when I go out in the woods anymore," she said.
DiSilvestro, who also went by the nickname "Billy D," was last seen at a friend’s house in the 200 block of Ross Avenue in Hamilton. He suffers from seizures and didn't have his medication when he went missing.
"You hear rumors from just walking the street, from Facebook, emails, anything," Estes said.
She said she hopes the rumors will one day lead her in the right direction.
"I just miss him so bad, I would love to have one more chance to put my arms around him," she said.
Estes said the detective she's been working with says he still considers this to be an important case.
A vigil will be held this Thursday to mark the two-year anniversary of DiSilvestro's disappearance. It will take place at Columbia Bowling Lanes in Hamilton starting at 7 p.m.
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