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Neighbor recalls missing North Las Vegas case after Ohio rescue

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -

The rescue of the Ohio women has given hope to families of missing children. In Las Vegas, it brought to mind one of the Valley's most high-profile cases.

Everlyse Cabrera is a North Las Vegas girl who vanished in 2006 when she was 2 1/2 years old. Neighbors who were there in 2006 haven't let go of the little girl's memory.

"You want closure, even if it's your worst nightmare," said Joe Lambert, who lives in Cabrera's old neighborhood. "You really do want to know."

Cabrera's disappearance has bothered Lambert for the past seven years. Lambert lived two doors down to the girl's foster home and helped search for her when she disappeared.

"My thoughts were every time I went around the corner I wanted to see her," said Lambert. "I really wanted to know she was OK and that she was playing in the backyard somewhere."

However, Cabrera's disappearance remains a mystery. Cabrera's foster parents told police they believed she unlatched the front door in the middle of the night and walked away. The foster parents aren't cooperating with police and have not been named suspects.

According to the nonprofit Nevada Child Seekers, Cabrera's case is among 8,000 missing persons cases throughout the state.

"We just keep reposting her picture," said Robin Haddad of Nevada Child Seekers. "They do age progression. We keep it posted in our office. It is in our hallway."

Haddad said as time goes on, it's challenging to keep hope alive. However, with news of the three Ohio women kidnapped and found alive a decade later, she's hoping it will renew momentum for missing persons cases like Cabrera's.

"You can't lose hope because there's always a chance that the child may still be alive and may be returned home," said Haddad.

Lambert said Cabrera will never be forgotten.

"You still want closure, you want something," said Lambert.

North Las Vegas police have no new leads in the case. Cabrera's biological mother, Marlena, said hearing the news in Ohio has given her hope. She said she prays what happened in Ohio will happen to her family.

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