Taylor Family Continues to Cope With Daughters Loss
TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – With four accused suspects involved in the Amanda Taylor murder in Muscle Shoals, numerous court hearings are expected to unfold over the coming months.
The victims family attended a ‘Youthful Offender’ status hearing for Matthew Fox Thursday morning, and talked about the emotional toll it’s taking on them as the cases unfold.
Side by side, Billy Leeth and his wife Theresa left the Colbert County Courthouse Thursday morning.
While leaving, Leeth said for close to a year, they have had to rely on a higher power to get them through the day.
“We have our days that are better than others,” said Billy Leeth, Amanda Taylors father. “It’s hard on the siblings, it’s hard on myself and my wife, but we just take it one day at a time, and the good Lord will just get us through it.”
Since October of 2011, Leeth and his family have looked for answers about the disappearance of their daughter Amanda.
In December of 2011, a search warrant was executed at a home in Muscle Shoals, resulting in three arrests, with a fourth arrest coming after a Colbert County grand jury indictment.
Leeth says with all the suspects, court dates are extremely tough to deal with,”You look for one date, and then it comes and goes away. It builds you up and lets you down, that’s the hardest part of it, the emotional roller-coaster that you have.”
To help cope with all the family is facing, Billy Leeth has started a campaign to create an “Amanda alert” system.
A law that would allow law enforcement to search for missing adults faster.
The victim’s family has also turned to social media as an avenue to deal with the stresses of losing their loved one.
“I just focus all of my energy’s there for that Amanda Alert and things like that, it sort of helps me vent a little bit,” explained Billy Leeth. “Of course, Theresa it helps her some too, you know, it helps me a lot.”
They are a family who continues to put one foot in front of the other, just trying to get by without their daughter.
Billy Leeth says they have received thousands of signatures for the “Amanda Alert” campaign, but it as slowed in the last few months.
If you would like to help in the signature drive, you can go to this link Amanda Alert