Editor’s note: This story is part of a series this month spotlighting missing black women in America.
It’s been five years since Florida woman Calandra Stallworth was last seen and her family is hoping to get answers in her disappearance finally.
Stallworth, 25, was last heard from while at work at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach on March 27, 2017. Nwf Daily News reports that she spoke to her mother that day as she left work.
Stallworth was scheduled to return to work the following day but never returned. Her family, including her children, has not heard from her since.
“She used to call me every day. This has really been hard…When Mother’s Day comes around it just — and the kids — they really miss her. They talk about her a lot, so that’s a good thing. Everybody’s just taking one day at a time. That’s all we can do,” her mother, Sheila Knight, said.
Police were alerted about her disappearance but closed the first 2017 report when Stallworth reportedly got in touch with law enforcement and told them she went to Alabama with her boyfriend, Antwon Montrex Smith.
The following month, on April 2, 2017, Stallworth’s mother filed another missing persons report when Stallworth failed to return home. Police found Smith driving her car in Okaloosa County with another woman in the car, but no sign of Stallworth.
Police said Stallworth’s wallet and cell phone were still in the car. They arrested Smith at the scene for drugs and weapons charges unrelated to the case. He reportedly said he didn’t know where Stallworth was.
In October 2020, Smith was arrested on suspicion of capital murder for the deaths of two men during a drug deal, identified as Ryan Frazier and Joshua Carroll. Police said the victims were from Seattle.
“I feel like if they would have got on in there a little bit sooner, maybe we could have found some more answers. It seems like it’s just slipping away. Time is slipping away and we still don’t know where she is. It seems like we’re still in the same spot…the same place, like we haven’t moved, and it’s very frustrating,” Knight said.
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“It is a frustrating case, but it is most certainly not a closed case. Every shred of evidence has been investigated and every person associated with the case has been interviewed, some multiple times. We welcome any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, the public may have,” a CPD Investigations division spokesperson told Nwf Daily News.
Anyone with information about Stallworth’s whereabouts should contact Sgt. Ray Harp with the Crestview Police Investigations Division at 850-682-4157 or the Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-8477.
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