TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A Tuscaloosa mother desperately wants to be reunited with her missing daughter.

Although it has been five agonizing years since Toye Jackson has seen her daughter, 21-year-old Latoya Brown, Jackson has not given up hope.  She is praying for her daughters safe return.

“I’m hoping for her to come back home, I’m hoping that she will be alright. I’m hoping that she is alive and healthy and she is doing well and I am praying every day that she will come back home,” Jackson said.

Jackson says she last she saw her daughter Latoya when she left their house in Northport to go get some food with a friend. That was five years ago, the night before the April 27th tornado hit Tuscaloosa. Not knowing if her daughter is alive or dead has been difficult and painful.

“And when she told me mom I will back, and I thought she would be coming back home. The very next day the tornado hit and after that no one has seen or heard from her or anything.”

Jackson is keeping her faith and hoping her daughter was not a storm victim and wants a miracle.

“I try not to cry or show emotion because if I cry or show emotion it will hurt. Until someone tells me that my child is deceased or if they give me some evidence that my child is deceased, because in my heart I don’t feel that she is dead,” Jackson said.

Latoya Brown is one of three people officially reported missing after the April 27th, 2011 tornado.  A mother and daughter, both named Teresa Marioquen have also not been seen or heard from since that day.