BREMEN, Maine — Christiana Fesmire was the kind of person who always told her parents where she was going.
Fesmire, 22, who was last seen on July 1, made sure her mother, Deborah Fesmire of Bremen, had a way to connect whether it was through her own cellphone or a friend’s. When Deborah Fesmire learned of Christiana’s disappearance, the first thing she did was start dialing her daughter’s number.
“You’d leave a message, then another message,” said Deborah on Monday. “Then other people left messages. Then the message box got filled up. Then emails. No response.”
No one in Christiana’s family or close circle of friends has heard from her since July 1. That’s when a couple she was staying with in Lewiston thought she left for a July 4 family get-together in Rangeley. But Christiana never showed up in Rangeley despite plans to do so. When she hadn’t returned to Lewiston nine days later, the couple called Deborah.
“They said that she never came back,” said the 60-year-old mother of four, among whom Christiana was youngest.
Christiana’s father, Chester, dropped her off at the couple’s home in Lewiston on June 30, said Deborah.
Lewiston police Lt. Mark Cornelio said Christiana’s disappearance is being investigated as a missing person case but that the circumstances have not been ruled suspicious, according to the Associated Press.
Deborah Fesmire said her daughter, who like Deborah is a certified personal care assistant but was not recently employed, had been in good spirits before she vanished despite some recent hardships. She had been forced a few months ago to give up her apartment and live with the couple, whom Deborah said are very close friends. In May, a friend of Christiana’s committed suicide, which Deborah said affected her daughter profoundly. The latest surfacing of that grief was just three days before the young woman disappeared.
Christiana and her mother were cleaning a home in Bremen to earn some extra money. As Christiana walked to a store that day for lunch, there were cars parked along both sides of the road near a church funeral.
“When she was coming back I saw her walking really, really quickly down the street,” said Deborah. “She came flying through the door and she was sobbing. She threw herself in my arms and I said ‘what’s the matter?’ She said ‘Mom this old guy died and I’m not upset about that, but it’s the church bells.’ She said ‘It reminds me of [the friend who committed suicide].’”
Earlier this year Christiana gave herself a middle name, Melusine, but it is not part of her legal name, said her mother.
“The reason she was never given a middle name was that we thought one day when she’s married she might want to keep her past name and when she gets married, put theirs on,” said Deborah.
Along with hundreds of fliers distributed by the family, there are two Facebook pages dedicated to finding Christiana. The woman’s own Facebook page hasn’t been updated for two months. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to call Lewiston police Det. Roland Godbout at 513-3001, ext. 3319. Godbout did not return a call seeking comment Monday afternoon.
A website called Model Mayhem includes an appeal from Christiana for professional modeling representation.
“Though most of my work involves traveling long distances, let me know if you are seriously interested in working with me,” wrote Christiana on the site.
Deborah Fesmire said that among all the emotions she’s feeling, confusion is the strongest one.
“We just want Christiana home alive,” she said. “If her choice is that she can’t come home, whatever the circumstances are, we just want to hear her voice and that she’s alive and doing OK. We just want some kind of contact.”