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Family Still Searching for Astoria Flight Attendant Missing Since January

 Sierra Shields, 30, was last seen leaving LaGuardia Airport at noon on Jan. 14 wearing a navy blue dress, police said.
Sierra Shields, 30, was last seen leaving LaGuardia Airport at noon on Jan. 14 wearing a navy blue dress, police said.
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ASTORIA — It's been more than two months since local resident Sierra Shields, a flight attendant, was last seen walking out of LaGuardia Airport.

Since then, her parents have continued to search for answers in their daughter's disappearance — traveling back and forth between New York and their home in the suburbs of Chicago and doing all they can to publicize her case, they said.

"We're still diligently searching, and trying to make more people aware," said her father, Chris Shields, who's in town once again this week with his wife Donna to assist in the search effort.

The couple is attending community meetings to get the word out, as well as going to events their daughter had scheduled in her computer calendar, they said.

"We're just trying to follow up in things that Sierra had an interest in," Shields said. "There's a lot more questions than answers."

Police say Shields, 30, was last seen at around noon on Jan. 14 leaving LaGuardia Airport, where she works as a flight attendant for a company called Shuttle America.

Her parents say she had asked for a union representative at work that day, though it's not clear why. She was seen on surveillance video exiting a terminal at the airport before the start of her shift, they said.

"That's all we know," Shields' mother, Donna Shields, said.

There have been no new updates in Shield's disappearance, according to the NYPD.

Donna Shields says that while some members of the police have been helpful and communicative, she's been frustrated — particularly with the lead detective on the case, who she doesn't feel is being proactive enough.

"Why don't they hold a press conference and bring more attention to Sierra's case?" she said. "How do you go missing from an airport?"

The family is considering hiring a private investigator to assist in the search, they said.

Members of the public looking to help out are asked to share information about Shields on social media, and can also download missing persons fliers from the Facebook page Find Sierra Shields.

The Teamsters Union, of which Shields is a member, is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

"We just ask that if anyone has any information, to call 911, contact missing persons," her mother said. "Someone had to have seen Sierra."

Police say Shields is 5-feet-7-inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a navy blue dress. Anyone with information can also call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.