Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Krishonda Townsend: Mother Missing From Texas (Found)

July 4, 2010, 19 year old mother, Krishonda Leanne Townsend, known as Shonda, celebrated with friends in the small town of Mineral Wells, Texas.  West of Fort Worth, Mineral Wells and surrounding small towns sit literally in the middle of nowhere surrounded by the bobbing of oil rigs.  Little towns are notorious for people knowing everyone's business, families mingling by marriage and cousins and in-laws being the best of friends.

Some time after the fireworks displays and Fourth of July celebrations were winding down, Shonda texted her mother to let her know she would be home soon.   Records say that message was texted at 12:10am.  Shonda never made it home to her young son and the rest of her family.

It would be 2 days later when her 1997 gray and purple Toyota was found in what some say was the "bad part of town."   According to interviews, the car stereo was ripped out and the car was vandalized.  Was this considered a crime scene?  Apparently law enforcement agents who responded to the call did not know there was a missing person and did not secure the car or process it for evidence of foul play.  The family had the car towed.

The internet has been buzzing with rumors and accusations, pitting friend against friend, family against family, but the bottom line is, someone stole Shonda Townsend away like a thief in the night, away from her family, friends and her son.  Someone likely hurt Shonda, possibly taking her life and hiding her body.  Someone, most likely several someones, know where she is and what happened that night.

 Rumors will soon be turning into truth and justice will be the next move in the chess game.  Checkmate!

Investigative Agency
Jack County Sheriff’s Office
(940) 567-2161
If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons using the contact form below or Contact Cue Center at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tipline (910) 232-
Facebook group dedicated to Shonda: 


October 28, 2011

Family says missing mom identified

MINERAL WELLS — The skeletal remains found Thursday in Mineral Wells have been identified as Shonda Townsend, family member April Hambrick released in a statement late Friday afternoon.
"It is with heavy heart and bitter sweet relief that I inform everyone that ... the skeletal remains in Mineral Wells, Texas are that of our precious Shonda," Hambrick said. "I thank you all for all your prayers and support I ask that as of now please give our family some time to heal and grieve. I will notify everyone of memorial services as soon as my family have them in order.
Authorities began searching an area Friday in far southwest Mineral Wells where skeletal remains were found Thursday, the Mineral Wells Index reported.
Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer said a human skull and bones were discovered by a prospective buyer of an approximately 100-acre tract who was walking the land.
The remains were found at the edge of a tree-lined area off Sand Hill Road.
Mercer along with interim Mineral Wells Police Chief Scott Mitcham said Friday morning the remains would be sent to a forensics lab for positive identification.
Mercer said officials met with Townsend's family Thursday night to inform them of the developments. complete story: 


Billboard Unveiled for Missing Teen

February 24, 2011
It's been nearly eight months since the disappearance of 19-year-old mother Krishonda Townsend.  For family and friends hope for finding her is not lost. 
A national organization is throwing its weight into the investigation and just yesterday a billboard with the missing teen's picture was unveiled.
It's a billboard no mother would ever want to see, the face of their child next to the word missing, but for Carolyn Rittenbury, it's a blessing.

Hoping for a sign

Efforts to generate new information, search for Shonda Townsend under way

February 25,2011

Mineral Wells —  Missing since July 5, a billboard for Shonda Townsend was put up Wednesday morning as a missing persons organization prepares to head up a physical search for Townsend over the weekend. 

Seven months later, search for missing North Texas girl continues

February 28, 2011

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