Paighton Houston

Crime Stoppers offers reward for missing Alabama woman who texted ‘felt in trouble’ after leaving with two strangers

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is offering $10,000 for information that leads to the whereabouts of Paighton Houston, a woman who vanished last Friday after visiting a Birmingham bar.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Houston, 29, left the Tin Roof bar on 7th Avenue South at around 10:45 p.m on December 20. According to Sgt. Johnny Williams with the Birmingham Police Department, she may have left the bar willingly with two men.

“Paighton Houston was last seen at approximately 10:45 p.m. at the Tin Roof located in the 2700 block of 7th Avenue South,” Williams said. “She was last seen leaving the location with two heavy set black males. It was reported that Paighton appeared to have left the location willingly with the two males.”

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Friends posted on social media that Paighton didn’t know the men she left with. She reportedly sent a text message to a friend indicating that she could be in trouble.

“idk who im with so if I call please answer. I feel in trouble,” the text message said, according to Trussville Tribune.

ABC News reports that Paighton’s brother said that although it was common for her to check in with friends and family, the text she sent was unusual, since she can “handle her own self.”

Birmingham, Al. Last seen Friday Dec.20 @ 10:45 pm. WE NEED PRAYERS!We still have not heard anything! We are worried…

Posted by Charlaine Houston on Sunday, December 22, 2019


“At about 12:14 p.m. that night, she sent a text to one of the friends she was at the bar with, stating that she didn’t know who she was with, and that she felt like she was in trouble,” Evan Houston said.

Evan added that “the fact that she was reaching out for help and saying she was in trouble was a big red flag.”

Paighton’s mother, Charlaine Houston, said her daughter’s bank account hasn’t been accessed since the night she vanished and her phone is going straight to voicemail.

Paighton stands 5-feet-2-inches tall and weighs around 123 pounds. She was last seen wearing a coral-colored T-shirt, blue Converse shoes and ripped blue jeans. She has a tattoo on her lower right arm that says “faith,” and a tattoo on her left arm that says “stren;th” (the g is replaced with a semicolon), on top of an arrow.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-2978413 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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[Feature Photo: Paighton Houston/Handout]

*Editor’s Note*: Report has been corrected to reflect that Paighton Houston was last seen on December 20.