Authorities from the town of Hampton and the state of Virginia issued an Amber Alert on Thursday for an 8-month-old child named Chloe Johnson, who is believed to have been abducted together with her mother, 34-year-old Keir Johnson.
According to a report from ABC 13 News Now, local authorities have been searching for Chloe and her mother since they were last seen on April 30. And while detectives have theorized that Chloe and Keir Johnson may have possibly been abducted by someone, they aren’t sure whether the suspect is male or female.
In an interview with News Now, Johnson’s mother said that she only wishes for her daughter and granddaughter to be found alive and well.
“I don’t feel well because I miss her,” said Rhonda Crews.
“You know I’m not in a good mood, I haven’t been in a while. I haven’t been sleeping well but as soon as she comes home everything will fall back into place and I’ll be glad to get her home.”
— Hampton VA Police (@HamptonVAPolice) May 11, 2017
Keir Johnson’s Facebook profile was last updated publicly on March 19 with a photo of herself with baby Chloe, and does not contain any public information hinting at how or why she and her daughter disappeared.
One day before the Hampton, VA Amber Alert was issued, ABC 13 News Now wrote in a separate report that the town has updated its electronic billboards in hopes of finding Keir and Chloe Johnson. Family members claimed that Keir Johnson was supposed to go to Buckroe Beach to take her daughter “for a walk.”
On Thursday, Hampton police officials issued a statement elaborating on the reasons why they believe the missing mother and daughter were abducted. They chose not to disclose the specifics of the case, reports WAVY, but stressed it was unusual for Keir Johnson to not keep in touch with her loved ones or disappear for an extended period of time.
“Keir and Chloe’s family are concerned due to the length of time that has passed since they last had contact with them. It is out of the norm for Keir to be gone for an extended amount of time and to not make contact with family or friends.”
— Brendan King CBS 6 (@ImBrendanKing) May 12, 2017
UPDATE 4:40 p.m. ET – Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult held a media conference Friday afternoon to give an update on the status of the Hampton, VA Amber Alert. Addressing assembled media, Sult explained that Chloe’s mother was a very family-oriented person, adding once again that it wasn’t like her to go missing without notifying anyone. And while he did not provide any breaking details, per policy, on the status of the ongoing investigation, he noted that a lot of pieces of information need to be verified before an Amber Alert is issued, hence the nearly two-week wait from the time Keir and Chloe Johnson were last seen.
Sult also stressed the importance of finding the missing persons soon, hopefully in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday, and encouraged people to keep sending in any tips if and when available. He refused to comment in detail as to whether police have questioned Chloe’s father, or whether there are any definite suspects in the case.
Since the launch of the Amber Alert system, a total of 868 children were successfully rescued and returned to their guardians as of February 24, 2017, according to a fact sheet from Missing Kids. And in a similar case to what police are suspecting with the ongoing Hampton, VA Amber Alert, the most recent success story documented on the fact sheet took place on November 11 of last year, when the abductor of two young siblings in Tempe, Arizona, was arrested, with both children safely found and rescued.
According to the Hampton, VA Amber Alert for Chloe Johnson, the 8-month-old baby stands two feet, five inches tall and weighs 20 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Her mother Keir stands four feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds, also with black hair and dark-colored eyes, and was last seen wearing a T-shirt, blue jeans, and glasses. Keir was driving a black 2013 Kia Optima, with Virginia plate number VAW-2197, in the 1900 block of Hastings Drive in Hampton at the time she and her daughter disappeared.
Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Keir and Chloe Johnson is encouraged to contact Hampton police at their tip line, (757) 727-6505, or 1-888-LOCK-U-UP for those who want to leave anonymous tips. Tips can also be sent anonymously via text message, by texting “HAMPTONDTIPS” and the tip to the number 274637.
The Inquisitr will continue providing updates on the Hampton, VA Amber Alert story when available, as the search for Chloe Johnson and her mother continues.
[Featured Image by Hampton Police Department]