KEARNEY, Mo. — A tree at Jesse James Park has been decorated in Desirea Ferris' favorite color – pink – in hopes that it will act as a guiding light to bring her home.
This will be the fourth holiday season Ferris' family will spend without their daughter, who went missing on May 2, 2017.
"Everybody else's tree is Christmas colors, but Desi's is bright pink, so it kind of draws attention to her and her name," Ferris' sister, Sydney Wood, said. "Her name out there is what we want so nobody ever forgets her."
Ferris’s family has done this every year since she went missing.
While Ferris might be gone physically, this activity is a way to connect to her, honor her and strengthen the family's mission of finding her.
Wood joked that Ferris would have loved the Christmas tree, but would have been complaining about how cold it was outside. Ferris was goofy and funny, her family always says.
"Desi was a light in everyone's life. Keep a lookout for her," Wood said. "And we're not going to stop looking for her, ever, until she's found. And even after, we're still going to help families with missing kids and missing family members. So just keep her in your thoughts during the holiday season."
Ferris's family is still actively searching for her.
Anyone with information about Ferris' disappearance should make an anonymous tip to the Liberty police, Crime Stoppers or through the family's tip hotline: 816-945-2722.