Friends and family of a woman missing two weeks say they are frightened but holding out hope that she will return home.

?All of us relatives and friends are so lost and confused because this is not her,? Alexis Bayne said Wednesday of April Bailey.

Bailey, 36, walked outside a Lynn Street residence in her pajamas and slippers to take out the garbage Jan. 15 and hasn?t been seen since. She left behind her cellphone and purse.

?This is terrifying,? said Bayne, the fiancee of Isiah Bugg, Bailey?s son.

Bailey had been renting a room from a woman on Lynn Street.

?It is a nice neighborhood, so it doesn?t really add up whatsoever,? said Bayne, adding it is not like Bailey to leave without her personal belongings and not reach out to her siblings or children.

Bailey has three children, ages 21, 16 and 14; family members said her children were not living with her at the time of the disappearance.

?This is not something she would ever do. It is very weird,? said Bayne. ?It is a very sad situation.?

Police say Bailey was reported missing on Jan. 20. Police are asking for the public?s help in locating Bailey. She is described as about 5 feet, 3 inches and 130 pounds. She has dark hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing slippers, pajama pants and a black jacket.

Duprey said Bailey has been clean and sober for quite a while, and deserves to have justice and a safe return home. Bayne acknowledged that the past three years have been difficult for Bailey since her mom died in September 2016.

Capt. Kerry Baxter of the Nashua Police Department said Wednesday that detectives are busy working this case, conducting canvases and interviewing associates.

In this situation, Baxter said there were five days from the time Bailey was last seen to the time it was reported to authorities; a press release was issued eight days later. In regards to the delay, Baxter said there is no set criteria for when police decide to notify the media and the public, explaining there are different circumstances to consider for each individual situation.

April Bailey is the third person to disappear over the past year in the working class neighborhood bounded on the west by Main Street and on the east by the Merrimack River. The most recent prior disappearance was on Jan. 16, 2019, when Michael Andrew Jones, 35, went missing while staying with friends in the area of Harbor Avenue.

If anyone has information, they should contact the Nashua Police Department at 594-3500, or the anonymous crime line at 589-1665.