PEORIA — The mother of a Peoria woman who has been missing for almost 18 months appeared on the nationally syndicated "Steve Wilkos Show" on Wednesday in hopes of getting more answers.

The episode will not air until May, but April Scott and Dusti Moultrie, a former Peoria resident who now lives in Texas and runs a Facebook group dedicated to keeping Alexis’ name out there, hope the show will lead to answers on where Alexis Scott is. It was hard, said April Scott, her mother, to rehash the story again and even harder as the show invited a "person of interest" to be on stage with them.

"It was hard and very stressful, as I have spent almost two years attempting to find out where she is and who's responsible," said April Scott from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York just before she flew home. "Rehashing it all is heart wrenching. The person involved in today's test is evil and has an uncaring form, has no idea what it is to hurt someone else's child or put them in danger."

Alexis was at a Sept. 23, 2017, party on Richmond Street briefly, having arrived there at about 5 a.m., investigators have said. She left a short time later, and that’s where the trail stops. Police say they have talked to the people who were at the house, executed search warrants, put her name into a national missing persons database and spent hundreds of hours on the case.

Moultrie said the followers of her Facebook group reached out to the show. About a week ago, she and Scott found out that they would be appearing on the show. Like Scott, Moultrie had a wide range of emotions.

"There is kind of a huge range of emotions you go through — excited to get her finally on national television, but the down part is that we were facing someone we felt was involved. It was tough, especially for April. I will say she was amazing. That's one tough lady," Moultrie said.

Neither woman could reveal much about what happened on the show. They did say the person of interest took a lie detector test, which was paid for by the show. Results will be revealed in May. The show airs locally on the CW weekdays at 8 a.m., according to the show's website.