MISSING: Desperate search for woman who vanished after her birthday celebration, purse found abandoned

Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation, and police have been searching water near where Savannah Payne was last seen

Police in Baltimore are searching for a missing 26-year-old woman who disappeared after a night out with friends, celebrating her birthday.

According to WJZ-13, Tara Payne, who goes by the name Savannah, was with a group of friends when she left a bar on Canton Square at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. She became separated from her friends at that time, and investigators reportedly believe she may have been in the Boston Street corridor after she was no longer with the group.

Many questions remain about the circumstances or Payne’s disappearance and the police investigation.

Police sources told the news outlet that detectives suspect Payne may have fallen into water in harbor area where she may have been last seen. According to the report, Payne’s purse was found along Boston Street, and her car was located where she had parked it on Monday night. Homicide detectives are reportedly leading the investigation, but police have not stated publicly that they believe foul play is involved.

The report indicates that police had Payne’s cell phone by Tuesday afternoon. Payne had been scheduled to have lunch with her aunt that afternoon but did not appear. When her aunt called her cell phone, police answered.

It remains unclear who found Payne’s purse and when, or if her cell phone was in her purse. The report does not indicate how police came into possession of the missing woman’s phone.

According to the report, investigators were seen searching the Baltimore Harbor on Wednesday afternoon.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Southeast District’s Missing Person Unit at 410-396-2422, or call 911.