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.
Those who might be able to provide information relevant to the search for Najah Ferrell are urged to contact Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana by calling 317-262-TIPS.
[Featured image: Najah Ferrell, Avon Police Department]