Woman looking for missing daughter dies

CLEVELAND - A woman who had spent the last three years looking for her missing daughter died of heart failure at 44, her family said.

Louwana Miller had been hospitalized since December for pancreatitis and other ailments. She died Thursday at a rehabilitation center in suburban Lakewood, said her sister, Theresa.

The disappearance of her daughter, Amanda Berry, had taken a toll as Miller's health steadily deteriorated in recent months, family and friends said.

The family hasn't heard from Berry since the day before her 17th birthday on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King on the city's west side. The fast-food restaurant was about a 10-minute walk from her home.

The FBI and Cleveland police continue to work the case, which was featured on the television crime show "America's Most Wanted." Miller also appeared on Montel Williams' nationally syndicated TV talk show in November 2004.

Along with community activists, Miller publicized the girl's disappearance through walks, vigils and interviews with local media.

Art McKoy, a Cleveland-area advocate for crime victims, said Miller changed after a psychic on the "Montel Williams Show" told her that her daughter was probably dead.

"From that point, Ms. Miller was never the same," McKoy said.

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