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Searching For Shonda

It's been over 2 months since Krishonda Townsend went missing.

The 19-year-old Gibtown teen and mother of a 2-year-old son disappeared in the early morning hours of July 5, and was last seen in Mineral Wells leaving a home on U.S. Highway 180 West.

Mineral Wells Police say that they are actively investigating all leads but they don't have any solid information.

According to the Police Chief Mike McAllester, there is no suspect and Shonda's case has the potential to go cold.

But her mother is not giving up hope of finding Shonda and desperately wants her little girl to just come home.

"I miss her very much, very very much," says Shonda's mother, Carolyn Rittenbury.

Shonda Townsend's mother is constantly trying to track her daughter down. At first police thought Shonda was a runaway but her mom knew better.

"She had nothing to run away from," says Rittenbury, "we had a great relationship. She had the little boy that she loved. She wouldn't have left like that on her own."

 The teen's 2 year old son Hayden doesn't understand why his mom isn't home.

"He was just a very smart little boy, he's 2 years old, but he missed his mom very much," says Rittenbury. "He asks her for her everyday, wants to know where she is. We just tell him to pray to Jesus and ask Jesus to bring her home and he does."

Even though it's been over 2 months, Shonda's family is confident she will come back home.

"That's all I have is my hope in the Lord that she'll be coming back home," says Rittenbury.

Shonda's mother says she knows deep down, that her daughter is still alive. Mineral Wells police department along with Jack County Sheriff's and the Texas Rangers are still investigating all leads.

If you know anything about Shonda's disappearance, call Crime Stoppers at (940) 325-0000.

Also, a private fund has been established at First Financial Banks all over Texoma. A portion of the money will be used as a reward for helping find Shonda, the rest will be used to benefit her son.

Visit any First Financial Bank for details.

Mary Moloney, Newschannel 6

 

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