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IN NAJAH FERRELL: Missing fron Avon, IN - 15 March 2019 - Age 30

Discussion in 'Missing 2015 to Present' started by Imamazed, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member



    Indiana mom Najah Ferrell vanished 2 weeks ago, police asking public for help: 'Somebody knows something'

    Police investigating the mysterious disappearance of an Indiana mother of five children have been "working around the clock" to track her down -- and are now asking for the public's help in the desperate search.

    The Avon Police Department has cast a wide net to find Najah Ferrell since she went missing more than two weeks ago. Detectives have interviewed more than 40 people, pored over surveillance from 12 locations and conducted 30 search warrants, including for her home and analyzing her electronic devices, police said

    Ferrell, 30, was last seen at her home in the early morning hours of March 15, police said. She was scheduled to start her third day of work at a local Panera Bread.

    "Employees there ... indicated that she never arrived," Nugent said during a press conference Thursday.

    Ferrell's vehicle, a 2018 black Nissan Altima, was discovered last week about 2.5 miles from the Panera, police said. They also found evidence at a construction zone in the area, but Nugent wouldn't go into details about items, except to say they were taken to a crime lab to be examined.

    Her phone was not among the items recovered, however, Nugent said.

    Authorities are asking anyone with information to tweet at @cicrimestoppers or call 317-262-TIPS, where tipsters will remain anonymous.

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Why does it seem like so many women vanish just before or just after starting a new job??? Seems like I've heard of several cases like this recently.
    Also, who saw her at 3:00 am?

    MISSING: Family desperate for clues 2 weeks after mother of five disappears; cops believe ‘somebody knows something’

    Authorities in Indiana hope tips from the public will help them locate a missing mother of five who was last seen more than two weeks ago.

    According to the New York Post, 30-year-old Najah Ferrell reportedly disappeared sometime early on the morning of March 15. She was last seen at her home in Avon at about 3 a.m.

    Staff at a bakery in nearby Indianapolis confirmed she did not arrive for a scheduled shift later the same morning, according to Avon Police Department’s deputy chief of investigations.

    “As a department, our investigators have been working around the clock since this has taken place,” Brian Nugent said of the police response to the missing-person case.

    During the news conference earlier this week, he called on anyone with possible information about Ferrell’s whereabouts to contact authorities.

    “We’re convinced, this family is convinced, this community is convinced also, somebody knows something,” he said.

    So far in the investigation, Nugent said that officers have interviewed dozens of individuals and are attempting to secure more than 30 search warrants, as reported by the Indy Star.

    Police found Ferrell’s sedan near the Panera Bread location where she was supposed to be training on the day of her disappearance.

    As part of their effort to locate her, investigators have gathered footage from multiple nearby surveillance cameras and brought in police dogs to aid in the search.

    Echoing Nugent’s call for tips, the missing woman’s mother issued her own public statement.

    “I just urge anybody, if you have any information, if you hear anything, please call,” she said. “I wouldn’t want any mother to ever, ever deal with anything like this.”

    Nugent made it clear police are focused on “a lot of theories” regarding her disappearance, noting the possibility of a medical or other emergency.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Avon police to discuss discovery of human foot in Crown Point pond and possible link to Najah Ferrell

    The Avon Police Department will discuss a shocking discovery at a press conference today. Police believe human remains found in a northwestern Indiana pond may be that of a missing Avon woman.

    This week a fisherman in Crown Point found a human foot in a retention pond. Investigators say there is a tattoo on that foot with the name “Najah.” It’s similar to the tattoo on Ferrell’s foot.

    The retention pond is right on an exit ramp off of I-65 in Crown Point. There is a newer neighborhood on one side of the pond, and a playground backs up to it. There is a farm field on the other side of the pond.

    Police spent hours Tuesday searching the pond for more evidence, using divers, sonar and a drone.

    Investigators will have to wait several weeks to get DNA tests back, but they say it appears the missing persons investigation is transitioning to a death investigation.

    The Avon Police Department will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 1 p.m. to discuss the case. We will livestream the press conference online.


    Suzanne Le Mignot‏ @SuzanneLeMignot
    #BREAKINGNEWS @AvonPolice confirm family of missing mother Najah Ferrell identified remains through the presence of a tattoo.@cbschicago
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  5. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Thank you for this link. For anyone who who wants to understand how effective public speaking is for a police chief watch this conference. He is very thorough and understandable.

    The Avon police investigators are waiting for DNA analysis from the Indiana State Crime Lab to confirm the identity which is expected in a couple weeks. And until then, they are not labeling this as a homicide.
  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    This dear woman has FIVE children. :tears:
  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I hope they are able to find....more....in their search. Most departments won't close a case with only a found foot, as people "can still be alive without their foot".
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  8. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Avon Police Department Deputy Chief Brian Nugent stated in the link above that based on the determination made by the coroner and forensic pathologist of the remains found that he was comfortable classifying this case as a death investigation.

    (IMO, it sounds as though they are having a difficult time in speaking with friends or associates that may be reluctant to call in the tip they're looking for. While one can live without their foot, one found in a body of water makes you wonder how it got there. Also, does anyone know if Panera pays well enough to support 5 children?)
  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    DNR using sonar to search for missing Avon mother

    Police returned to a northwest Indiana pond Thursday to search for more clues about a missing Avon mother. Conservation officers wrapped up part of their search just before noon on the pond.

    But the search for Najah Ferrell is not over.

    Despite learning from the coroner that Ferrell is likely deceased, investigators are determined to find the 30-year-old mother's body. Thursday morning, Crown Point police got help from the Department of Natural Resources searching the pond just off I-65 and 109th Street.

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    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Body still missing, but woman declared dead after severed foot found in Crown Point pond

    Police are confirming the missing suburban Indianapolis woman whose severed foot was found Monday in a Crown Point pond is dead, even though the rest of her body has yet to be discovered.

    Avon police announced Wednesday their missing persons investigation into the March 15 disappearance of town resident Najah Ferrell, 30, has become a death investigation, based on an assessment and preliminary identification of the foot by the Lake County coroner's office.


    Police do not yet know how or why Ferrell's foot ended up in Crown Point. Nugent said Ferrell previously lived in Gary, and indicated she had family connections to Northwest Indiana.

    "We don't have a target, if you will, a location or a house or an individual," Nugent said. "Historically, there's ties there to the family, but nothing specific that we're willing to talk about."
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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Police confirm remains found in northwestern Indiana pond belonged to missing Avon mom

    The Avon Police Department confirms the human foot found in a Crown Point pond did indeed belong to missing mother, Najah Ferrell. The FBI will now be examining the remains for any further clues.

    The remains were found in early April by a man who caught it while fishing.

    While police used a tattoo on the foot to preliminary identify it as Ferrell’s, they were awaiting DNA testing before officially confirming it belonged to her.

    Police say DNA analysis by the Indiana State Police Lab has now confirmed what they initially gathered.

    Police say confirmation of the DNA doesn’t change the case. They’re still calling Najah’s disappearance a death investigation until they have more details.

    "We certainly agree that there is concern about what took place. Does that make one area more unsafe in our community than another? I don’t believe so," Deputy Chief of Investigations Brian Nugent said.

    They plan to do everything in their power to find out what happened to Najah Ferrell.

    The investigation into her disappearance is still ongoing.

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