Antwan Harris / Eyewitness News
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SLIDELL, La. - Crystal Friedman's family gathered Friday night with hope the 28-year-old mother is still alive after being missing for nearly a week.

An Eyewitness News photographer was on the scene as St. Tammany investigators did a sweep near her home looking for any clues that could explain her disappearance.

Her father, Charles Friedman said, 'We are still hopeful, we haven't given up. We put out 5,000 posters, we are getting ready to put out another 5,000.'

Surveillance footage was taken Sunday December 8 from a gas station on Pontchartrain Avenue in Slidell.

That was the last time she was seen by the public.

Her father said that by Monday morning he hadn't received a call or text from Crystal.

He said that wasn't like her and she would never leave her three-year-old son alone.

'We knew something was wrong at that point because she never did that before,' Friedman said.

Search teams took to the rough waters near Hwy 11 where her car was last spotted.

Other crews searched by air hoping some piece of evidence would turn up.

So far, the trail has gone cold.

Family members say they will cling to faith that Crystal will be found safe and alive.

Her sister, Tiffani Carr said, 'We still need your help and we are not going to stop until we find our sister. We are not going to stop until we get her home.'

Family members tell us they will gather Saturday at 9:45 a.m. near the Winn-Dixie on Pontchartrain Avenue.

If you have any information you are urged to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office at 985-809-8207.

The family can be reached at

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