Billboard Unveiled for Missing Teen

It's been nearly eight months since the disappearance of 19-year-old mother Krishonda Townsend.  For family and friends hope for finding her is not lost.

A national organization is throwing its weight into the investigation and just yesterday a billboard with the missing teen's picture was unveiled.

It's a billboard no mother would ever want to see, the face of their child next to the word missing, but for Carolyn Rittenbury, it's a blessing.

"I can't ask for much more."

The billboard is the first to go up but there will be more.  It's all in hopes of getting someone, even just one person to call in with any information they have about her case.

"We just want to know what happened to her, where she is, if anyone knows any information out there," said Rittenbury.

Krishonda went missing back in July after never returning home.  Authorities searched for her body but to no avail, now another search will take place this weekend.  Local law enforcement and members with the CUE Center for Missing Persons will participate, scouring fields in the area.

"Someone might see her if she is alive out there.  If someone sees her they will help her get home," she said.

"I hope the search and the billboard gives the local authorities clues to find her," said Mineral Wells resident Carol Elder.

She is the owner of the Famous Water Company.  As part of the search many businesses will donate hotel rooms and food for the crew, she is donating 500 bottles of water.

"More than happy to help out and assist them and help the workers," said Elder.

Carolyn Rittenbury says the outpouring of generosity from the community is overwhelming and with the support of one of the nations largest missing persons organization she believes they are literally just one step away from finding Krishonda for the family and more importantly her son.

"The other day he did say that he wanted mommy to take him to the park.  He's still waiting for her to come home and be with him."

The search is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.  It is a closed search.  Officials say if they do not find Krishonda, it just means that's one less place they have to look.

If you have any information you are asked to contact the Mineral Wells Police Department at 940-328-7757, Jack County Sheriff's Officer at 940-546-2161, and the CUE Center for Missing Persons at 910-232-1687.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.