Indiana authorities announced Wednesday that a human foot recovered from a pond early last month belongs to a mother of five who hasn’t been seen since March.
The Avon Police Department told Fox 59 that a foot discovered by a fisherman in Crown Point belongs to Najah Ferrell, 30, who vanished from her Avon apartment on March 15. A tattoo on the foot allowed investigators to preliminarily identify it as Ferrell; the FBI is examining the remains after DNA testing achieved a positive identification, according to the report.
Ferrell is believed to have left for her new job at Panera Bread but never made it on the day she disappeared. Her abandoned vehicle was found March 25 in a parking lot in Indianapolis—with some of her belongings strewn along an interstate, according to WMAQ.
The missing mother’s foot was located approximately 130 miles from her apartment, where she was last seen alive.
The Indianapolis Star reported that Ferrell is a mother to two biological children and three foster children. She was reportedly also engaged to be married.
Avon police said their investigation is ongoing. No suspects or persons of interest have been made in Ferrell’s unsolved disappearance.
Avon Police Department Deputy Chief Brian Nugent said last month, “We’re convinced, this family is convinced, this community is convinced also, somebody knows something.”
[Featured image: Najah Ferrell/Avon Police Department]