Four Months Later, Still No Leads in Townsend Case

Thursday marks the four month anniversary of the disappearance of Shonda Townsend.  A 19-year-old and mother of a 2-year-old son went missing on July 4 in Mineral Wells and hasn't been seen since.

Leads in the case continue to come in but not as much as there used to be.  About once a week local police will follow-up on a tip.  Still they're no further now than they were when she first disappeared.

As the days go by Carolyn Rittenbury, mother of missing teen Shonda Townsend still continues to have unanswered questions about that tragic night.

"Where could she be?  What happened to her?"

19-year-old Shonda failed to come home one day and immediately her mother knew something was wrong.

"Someone snapped her, it's like she fell off the top of the earth," said Rittenbury.

Shonda left her entire family and her beautiful 2-year-old son Hayden, though as any mother would Carolyn continues to have hope that her daughter is alive and will one day come home

"I just have hope in the lord she's alive, he keeps me going," she said.

Her fighting words keep Police Chief Mike McAllester on his toes when it comes to her case.

"We had the Texas Rangers in here and we had law enforcement agencies from around the area.  I can tell you she's still missing and we're no closer to finding her than were four months ago," said Officer McAllester.

"If anybody has her, let her go, let her come home," said Rittenbury.

Pictures are what's left of a once quiet teen whose days live on through her son and memories of her keep mother Carolyn Rittenbury smiling in the most difficult time of her life.

Crime stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 dollars for information provided anonymously leading to her whereabouts.  Call the 24-hour hotline at (940) 325-0000.

Also, a private reward fund has been established at First Financial Bank in Mineral Wells. Anyone can contribute to the fund in Townsend's name.

A fundraiser will be held on Saturday to support Shonda's son and raise reward money.         

It will be at Jimmy's Cafe in Mineral Wells starting at 5 PM.  The pancake dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

There will be plenty of fun outside the building with music, face painting, a cake walk, and much more.