Mother pleads for answers 15 years after daughter and granddaughter disappear


This week will mark fifteen years of a mother’s heartbreak as she continues to search for answers in her daughter and granddaughter’s disappearance. 

“Today…it was just the last time I heard her voice,” said Kathy Nale. 

On March 24, 2004, Nale had her last phone conversation with her daughter, Jennifer Wix. The next day would be the last time Jennifer Wix and her daughter, Adrianna, were seen alive. 

“That’s all I want to know. I wanna know where my girls are at, I want to know what happened,” said Nale. 

When Jennifer and Adrianna were first reported missing, hundreds helped search for the pair and many have attended memorials throughout the years. 

Neal added that now, it’s mainly her efforts that keep the story alive. 

“I have to. If I don’t, who will?” 

Six years ago the case was reclassified as a homicide. 

The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office told News 2 that Jennifer and Adrianna were last seen by Jennifer’s boyfriend, Joey Benton. 

Deputies said he told officers that on March 25, 2004 –  he dropped the two off at an Exon in Cross Plains, and saw them get into a white car. 

The next day, Benton reported that Jennifer came back to his house, and said she needed time away. 

Deputies added that they were never able to confirm his story, but 15 years later he remains a person of interest. 

Each year Neal makes this plea to him or anyone else who may have details, 

“If you know something about what happened to Jennifer and Adrianna, how it can bring closure to my life and heart…how I can bury them with dignity and grace or how I can find them alive and well…just tell me.” 

Neal added that she believes Adrianna may still be alive. 

“The main thing is if you think you have her but you’re not sure, just share her with me at least. Just share her with me. That’s all I would ask you to do.” 

The TBI is assisting in this investigation and encourages anyone with information about Jennifer or Adrianna’s whereabouts to call 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.  

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