Texoma Missing Mother Cases: Is There a Connection?

Candice Shields disappeared the early morning hours of December 11, 2011. Police still have no concrete information on her whereabouts. Newschannel 6 has learned there was a sighting report of Shields in Mineral Wells, the area is the location of another missing mother case, 19-year-old Krishonda Townsend.

An officer from Graham said they tracked the claim but did not have enough evidence to substantiate it. When Newschannel 6 asked him about any connections between Krishonda Townsend and Candice Shields the officer said there is one big difference between the two cases -- the indication of foul play.

Two young, vibrant women vanished, no where to be found.

"That's where the mystery comes in," said Uncle of Candice Shields, Jerry Tetmeyer. "We don't know what happened to her. We have no idea."

"Someone snapped her, it's like she fell off the top of the earth," said Carolyn Rittenbury in a November 2010 interview regarding her then missing daughter Krishonda.

Krishonda Townsend went missing the early morning hours of July 5, 2010. More than 15 months later remains of 19-year-old Townsend were located. On the night of July 4, 2010 Townsend was driving back to her home in Gibtown, but never made it. Days later her vehicle was recovered in Mineral Wells. Her remains weren't discovered until more than a year later, 40 yards off a gravel road, down in a ravine -- in a heavily wooded area. Her remains were on private property. An area investigators had never searched before.

The two women are just a year apart in age, both with similar features and both mothers of a young son. From the outside looking in the connections seem similar, but officials say the connections are not similar.

Townsend had evidence of foul play. Her vehicle was stripped, vandalized. Officials say there is no act of violence in Candice Shields case. Candice went missing in the early morning hours of December 11, 2011 from her grandfathers home in Graham.

"We're trying to jog memories," her mother Michelle Quillin said. "We want her to return home safely."

Two missing mother cases have impacted the hearts of Texoma.The body of one later recovered and another still missing, with hope from the family she returns home alive and safe.

The two families have spoken to each other. Krishonda's family reached out to Candice's family for help and comfort. Candice Shields is classified as a missing persons. If you have any information on her whereabouts you are asked to contact the Graham Police Department at
940-549-6441 or the CUE Center for Missing Persons at (910) 232-1687.

Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer says there are no new developments or cause of death for Krishonda Townsend. She was laid to rest earlier this month.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.