On March 9, 2000, Leah Roberts abandoned her life in Durham, North Carolina, and embarked on a voyage of self-discovery. Nine days later, however, her car was found wrecked near a rural highway on the other side of the country. Roberts herself was nowhere to be seen, and her sister, Kara, has been searching for her ever since.
Born in 1976, Roberts was raised in the suburbs of Durham and was the youngest of three children. She was a 20-year-old college sophomore when she experienced the first of three life-changing events – events that would radically transform her outlook and prompt her to search for life’s deeper meaning.
The first of these transformative moments was the death of her mother from heart disease in 1996. The loss apparently shook Roberts so badly that she took time off from her studies at North Carolina State University. She returned to college in 1998, only to suffer a second difficult, life-changing experience.