Twenty-six-year-old Emily Montgomery grew up in Austintown before moving to North Carolina with her family.

The young mother disappeared at Thanksgiving and police arrested a man for her murder, but, Montgomery's family now wants her found so they can lay her to rest.

It was the night before Thanksgiving in Apex, North Carolina, the night Emily Montgomery was last seen.

An Austintown native, the 26-year-old mother of little 5-year-old Greyson was a bright spot in her family, compassionate and vibrant.

She'd left her home with a man named Jose Carlos Jacome-Granizo, or CJ, a man family says was abusive toward her.

That very night she'd sent distressing messages to her mother Amy and friends about CJ.

Emily's uncle says the texts were a plea for help.

One message said, "he is going to kill me."

Several days later, police arrest and charge Jacome-Granizo in her disappearance and murder.

Detectives found Emily's cellphone in his possession.

As the investigation continues, Emily's family and friends have one priority, to find Emily.

Hope now lives on with Emily's family as they yearn to bring her home.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up called 'Justice for Emily Bowser Montgomery.'