Praying for miracles: Families search for missing loved ones on their birthdays

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Two Cleveland families should be celebrating milestone birthdays with their loved ones this weekend.

Instead, they are hoping someone knows about their family members -- now missing for years.

The family and friends of Michael Hodge gathered Saturday praying they will see him again. They also wish he was here to celebrate his 50th birthday Sunday.

"We do this every year on his birthday. To celebrate his birthday in hopes of finding him," Michael’s brother, John Hodge, said.

Michael Hodge has been missing for more than 10 years. He was last seen leaving a party near West 172nd and Puritas on the morning of March 6, 2004.

"I just know that there are people out there that have to know something. That had to have seen him sometime, and maybe this is going to jolt somebody's memory," Michael’s brother, Bill Hodge, said.

The family of Ashley Summers shares the same heartache. They are also praying for her safe return. They passed out flyers Saturday hoping someone will know where Ashley could be.

“I just keep hoping the worst hasn't happened to her. And if somebody does have her please, let her go," Ashley’s grandmother, Theresa Harris, said.

Ashley was just 14 when she was last seen near West 86th and Madison on July 9, 2007.  Her family fears another birthday will pass without her here. Ashley is to turn 21 on Monday.

"And this is the only way that we can celebrate. And, we should be having a party with cake and ice cream, and we can't do that. All we can do is give out flyers,” Ashley’s great-aunt, Cathy Donathan, said.

They are two families who do not know each other, yet share the same hope for a loved one who has been missing so long.

"I’m hoping nothing bad happened to her. I'm hoping she's out there and if she's seeing this, she'll contact somebody. And, know that we love her and miss her very much," Harris said.

"We always hold out hope that he is still alive," John Hodge said.

Both Michael Hodge and Ashley Summers have been featured in Fox 8's 'Missing' project.

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