Softball teammates hold vigil for Alberta Harris

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – More than a dozen friends and softball teammates held a vigil for 50-year-old Alberta Harris Saturday evening at the softball fields at Brooks Park.

Saturday marked two weeks since the mother went missing.

When Harris wasn’t spending time with her family or driving a school bus for the Lee County School District, she was on the softball field.

“I met Berta four years ago, and I met her on the softball field,” one teammate said while reminiscing.

Her teammates say she was full of spunk and truly loved the game.

“Even when we were losing, you know, she would smack us on the butt and say get out there and hit the ball,” Angie Becker said.

Harris was last seen on the morning of Saturday, April 9th. When she didn’t show up to a family gathering, calls went out to teammates, but there was no sign of Harris. On April 11th, her car was found abandoned at a flea market with the windows shattered out. On April 20th, a woman’s body was found near the Hendry County line. Friends and family believe it may be Harris, saying the description of nail polish and tattoos match up.

Law enforcement has not officially identified the body found.

Originally, friends and family were planning to do a search for Harris on Saturday that would have been within five miles of where that body was found. The search was called off and the vigil at the softball field was held instead.

“I think every time we take the field from here until the end of our days, we will always remember Berta,” Becker said.


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