The search continues for Paighton Houston, an Alabama woman who disappeared from a Birmingham bar last month after a night out with friends.
According to WBRC, citing Sergeant Johnny Williams with the Birmingham Police Department, authorities did not see Houston on security footage leaving with two men from the Tin Roof Bar in Birmingham. They have not found anyone matching their descriptions, Williams said. It’s unclear whether police spotted Houston on security footage at all.
A coworker reportedly said she went to the bar with Houston and friends on December 20 after they got off work. A friend later contacted Houston’s family and said she was last seen leaving the bar at around 10:45 p.m. with “two heavy set black males.” Houston’s family then called 911 and relayed the information.
“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,” Williams said last month, prior to authorities checking the bar’s security footage.
Williams reportedly said that police are interviewing multiple people but so far, there has been no information that has led to Houston. Williams reportedly added that authorities are still trying to find the two men that Houston supposedly left the bar with.
Friends posted on social media that Paighton didn’t know the men she left with. Later that night, Houston 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.
“We’re pretty much in the same place that we were when we first reported her missing,’’ Williams told Al.com last week. “We don’t have any other leads. We’ve exhausted the ones we’ve had to this point, but we’ll continue to investigate and try to develop new leads.”
Williams said that Paighton’s disappearance is a “strange” case. He wouldn’t confirm if he felt that foul play was involved.
Loved ones held a vigil at the Clearbranch United Methodist Church in Trussville on Saturday, where they handed out candles and “Prayers for Paighton” bracelets.
“Every time you see this bracelet it just takes one little light to overcome the whole darkness,” pastor Vaughn Stafford said at the vigil.
On Friday, Governor Kay Ivey issued a $5,000 reward for valid information in connection with the case. Crime Stoppers is also offering a $5,000 cash reward for valid information.
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 205-297–8413 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
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[Feature Photo: Paighton Houston/Handout]