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Ohio story renews hope for Justin Gaines' mother

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The remarkable story of three young women missing for years found alive in Ohio has sparked hope for a Gwinnett County mother who last saw her son five and a half years ago.

Justin Gaines, then 18, vanished in November of 2007. His mother, Erika Wilson, said that she will never change her phone number and will never move from her home as long as there's a possibility her son is alive.

Wilson knows what the families of the three women found in Cleveland, Ohio have gone through.

"At first I cried, cried that they have closure but also positive -- they have their loved ones back in their arms," Wilson said.

Wilson's son was last seen on surveillance video leaving Wild Bill's on Pleasant Hill Road at 2 a.m. back in November 2007.

"Went out one night and was never seen again. But why? Why don't we know where my son is? Why are we going through this," Wilson said.

Wilson has a connection to one of the Cleveland women. She and Justin are from Ohio and her sister knows Georgina DeJesus' father. That sister helped DeJesus search for his daughter.

"Justin's Aunt Kelly has actually met with Georgina's father a couple of times while they were doing searches up there, and just talked, because it's always helpful to talk with someone else that's going through the same thing," Wilson said.

The thrilling discovery in Ohio gives hope to Wilson, who is often surrounded by thoughts of the worst. She hopes the Ohio discovery will help re-ignite the search for her son.

"So many people feel Justin's been murdered. But for me, my hope is that Justin's tied up in a basement by some woman…who thought he's good looking and wanted babies or children," Wilson said.

Justin's mom believes people out there know what happened to her son.

Gwinnett county police say they continue to work this investigation. They ask anyone with information to give them a call.

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