COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs mother's dying wish to find her son has comes to an end.
Bernice Abeyta was honored by the community Sunday night after dying from cancer last week.
Her son, Christopher Abeyta, was 7 months old when he disappeared from his crib in 1986. The last time KRDO spoke to Bernice in 2015, she told us;
"At our age, we're like will we find him before we die?"
Her dying wish was unanswered but it's not forgotten.
"She knew our family would continue to seek the answers of what happened to Christopher," said Denise Alves, Bernice's daughter.
At Bernice's celebration of life, family and friends recalled those tense moments of the disappearance and Bernice's persistence to find her son.
"My mom never gave up in 30 years. She searched for her son and for answers and for truth," Alves said.
Over the years, Bernice connected with other mothers.
"We became very close friends, had many visits and deep thoughts and conversations about Christopher," said Jennifer Romero.
Romero lost her son years ago and she's continuing to help the Abeyta family.
"If you think you're Christopher, please, your mom and dad's DNA is out there, you just have to test yourself and come home to us if you're out there," Romero said.
"Even without her being here, she would hope that the community would continue to seek justice for her son," Alves said.
Bernice was 73 years old.
A new district attorney has been assigned to this case. The family and police tells us there is a person of interest, but no name has been released.