TODAY | May 08, 2013
>> i talked to michele knight's mother, barbara knight. i started by asking how she reacted when she first heard this news.
>> well, my mother, she called me and she told me to turn it to the news and i did and i started crying and i was happy that they found her because i've been looking for her and i don't want them to think i forgot about her.
>> have you been able to talk to her?
>> what was your relationship like before she disappeared? were you in contact with her in.
>> we were living together and had a son.
>> she had a little boy .
>> as we learned about her there was a time when the son was taken from her by the child custody.
>> and she was hurt. i was hurt. the person who did it thought it was funny, so i don't know too much about it but i just daughter would reach out and let me know she's there.
>> do you feel your daughter wants to see you?
>> yes, i know she's probably angry at the world because she thought that she would never be found but thank god that somebody did.
>> what can you tell us about the circumstances of her disappearance? i know that she was 20 or 21 and some people thought maybe she had run away.
>> well, the way i understood it by certain people they told me that maybe she didn't want nothing to do with me. but still in my heart i thought, no, because i know my michelle.
>> did you talk to police then? did you file a missing person 's report?
>> yes, i did.
>> what kind of efforts did they make to try to locate her?
>> they have told me if she breaks the law or they spot her, they'll let me know but nothing happened.
>> did they think she had just left the home, they didn't think it was an abduction?
>> well, because she was 20 they figured that she just left because of the upset, because of the baby and everything.
>> there had been some reports in her file that she may have had some kind of struggles with mental health . do you know anything about that?
>> no. i know she did have asthma, but that was about it.
>> all these years, did you have a sense of whether she was still alive? i know you said you certainly hoped so.
>> well, i had my doubts but then i looked on the bright side, i did go to god and prayed for some kind of thing to tell me at least if she's alive or not.
>> have any of your family been able to visit michelle since she was released?
>> by my understanding i guess my boys got to see her.
>> her brothers?
>> were able to visit with her? have police been in contact with you?
>> there was a detective who called me but he just said it was my daughter and he only worked like i guess from 11:00 to some time, and i didn't get a hold of anybody else yesterday so i don't know too much more what's going on.
>> if you are able to see her, what do you plan to say to her?
>> that i love you and i missed you all this time and hopefully whatever happened between us , if something did, i hope it helps because i really want to take her back to florida with me. i don't want to leave her up in cleveland.
>> barbara knight, our sympathies are with you, our hearts are with you, we wish you the best and the best to your daughter. thank you for being here.