Softball team raises money for missing teammate Alberta Harris


CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Alberta Harris has been playing in softball leagues around Southwest Florida for at least 10 years.

“We’ve played on the same team, we’ve played against each other so, she’s a team player,” Ody Eire said.

“I see her about 2-3 days a week most of the year,” Angie Becker, another teammate, said.

“I’d say a good 10 years we’ve been all playing ball together,” Debra Gaddis said.

On Friday, her team raised money for her family after she disappeared nearly a week ago. They say Harris is the player you want to have around.

“All around good sportsmanship, she was always funny, everybody loves playing with Berta. She was just a good gal.”

“When she would get a good ball she would whack it. She would whack it a good one,” Becker said.

Harris played softball for so many years that when she didn’t show up to a family gathering, Becker got a call from Harris’ relative thinking they must have had a game. Sadly, that wasn’t the case.

“When I got the call, I knew immediately something was wrong.”

Harris was last seen on Saturday morning. On Monday, her abandoned car was found in a parking lot with the windows broken out.

“I just had a pit in my stomach and I just felt very sick,” Gaddis said.

Her teammates say they are trying their best to keep her story out there.

“She was an all around great girl. I miss her tremendously,” Becker said.

“I would say, ‘Berta, please come home cause we’re all worried,'” Gaddis said. “I just wish for her to come home. I want the family to have answers. We need answers”

SWFL Crime Stoppers have doubled the reward money to $2,000 to anyone who has information that leads to her whereabouts.

If you know anything about Harris’ disappearance, please call FMPD at 239-321-7700, Crime Stoppers  at 1-800-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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