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She Showed Up for Her First 2 Days of Work Then Vanished

Indiana's Najah Ferrell has been missing since March 15
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2019 6:53 AM CDT
Photo of Najah Ferrell being distributed by the Avon Police Department.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – Najah Ferrell had just started a new job at an Indianapolis Panera last month, but on her third day she didn't show up for work. Someone finally reported the 30-year-old mom of five missing, and now Indiana cops are on the hunt in what one local officer is calling a "heartbreaking" and "certainly suspicious" case. "We're convinced, this family is convinced, this community is convinced … somebody knows something," Avon Police Department Deputy Chief of Investigations Brian Nugent said at a Thursday press conference, per People. Ferrell was last seen at her home early on March 15; her car was found a little more than 2 miles away from her workplace, and some of her belongings were found elsewhere.

ABC News reports police have already executed dozens of search warrants and interviewed more than 40 people in their search for Ferrell, who has two biological kids and three foster children. "[She] should be here with her boys," Ferrell's mother said at the presser. "They've never been without their mother." Nugent adds to Inside Edition: "She would never have left her children." Anyone with any information on Ferrell—who stands 5 feet 4 inches, weighs about 180 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes, per the Avon PD—should call 317-839-8700 or 317-262-TIPS. There's a $2,500 reward for any information that helps lead to Ferrell. (Read more missing woman stories.)

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