It has been more than 25 years since Tiffany Goines disappeared at the age of 12. But police in her hometown of Frederick are continuing to work on her case.

Tiffany was last seen on Dec. 5, 1987, near her home at a housing complex in Frederick that has since been torn down, police said. She had been to a nearby grocery store earlier in the day and had told her mother she was going out again. Detective Curt Lege said there have been rumors about the incident over the years, but there haven't been good, solid leads.

"I really feel for the mother," Lege said. "She's always hopeful."

Frederick police spokesman Lt. Clark Pennington said Tiffany's case is always assigned to a detective and that police continue to follow up on the matter.

"We're constantly updating the file and updating the case," he said.

At the time of her disappearance, Tiffany was described as black, 5 feet tall and 78 pounds. She had black hair, brown eyes and wore glasses.

The missing Frederick resident would now be 38 years old. A few months ago, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released an age-progression image of her.

Anyone with information can call Frederick police at 301-694-2100 or the NCMEC at 800-THE-LOST (843-5678).