HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – More than two decades following their disappearance, a missing Hillsborough County woman and her son will be represented Friday at the Florida Missing Children’s Day ceremony in Tallahassee.
Linda Hershberger, the mother of Bonnie Lee Dages and grandmother of Jeremy Lee Dages, will be there for her two loved ones she hasn’t seen in more than 26 years.
On April 28, 1993, the 18-year-old and her 4-month-old son left their home in Lithia with plans to meet Bonnie’s boyfriend at Kash ‘N Karry on the corner of Lithia Pinecrest and Lumsden Roads.
Two days later, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office found the van she was driving still sitting in the parking lot of the Kash ‘N Karry. A diaper bag and purse were found inside.
That was the last night anyone reported seeing Bonnie and her son.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office released a photo of what Jeremy may look like today.
“We’re sad because we only have two pictures of him. It was before cell phones,” the grandmother said. “We didn’t get to know him very much.”
Several family members as well as cold case detectives were on hand Tuesday with a plea to the public.
“Any piece of information, no matter how small or unimportant it may seem, may make a difference,” Hershberger said.
Friends told detectives that Dages planned to meet a boyfriend at the store. That man apparently wanted inheritance money to begin a business with Dages, her mom said. He was questioned by detectives but never arrested.
“There were a number of persons of interest, if you will. Specific suspect? Not really. I can’t say at this time,” Cpl. Greg Thomas of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Hershberger believes her daughter and grandson were murdered.
“We envision every possible scenario constantly. There’s no direction to take. You can’t drive down the road and see a piece of woods and wonder if their bodies are there,” Hershberger said.
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