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July 6, 2010

Perrin girl missing, car found in Mineral Wells

MINERAL WELLS —

Perrin resident Krishonda “Shonda” Leann Townsend, 19, went missing sometime after 12:10 a.m. Monday, while reportedly returning home from Mineral Wells.

According to Townsend's uncle, Jamie Rittenbury, Townsend sent her mother a text message shortly after midnight, telling her she was on her way home – just east of Perrin in Gibtown.

“Nobody's seen her since,” he said.

Rittenbury said Townsend spent the Fourth of July with friends at Bridgeport Lake. Afterwards she visited a friend's home near Palo Pinto General Hospital where, he said, she had last posted a comment on Facebook.

Jack County Sheriff's Lt. Melissa Wigington confirmed Townsend was last seen at a friend's house off U.S. Highway 180 West in Mineral Wells, where she left sometime between 11:30-11:40 p.m. Sunday.

Mineral Wells police noticed her gray Toyota Camry parked in the 800 block of S.E. 3rd Ave. before Townsend was reported missing. They ran the license plate number in the computer at the time.

After she and her car were reported missing to Jack County Sheriffs Department around 10 p.m. Monday night, the license MWPD entered into the computer showed up as a “late hit.”

The car was parked on the road in a residential area. Rittenbury said Townsend's car stereo was out of her car; however, he said there were no signs the car was broken into. “There was stuff scattered around in the car,” he added.

Townsend has not contacted family or friends since the text she sent her mother.

“Her phone is off or dead,” he said. “They said if it was on they could track it on GPS.”

A "prayer huddle" for Townsend is 8 p.m. Tuesday night at Perrin High School.

Family and friends ask for anyone with information to please contact the Jack County Sheriff's Office at (940) 567-2161 or Mineral Wells police at (940) 328-7770. Rittenbury said there is a reward.

This article was compiled through information gathered by Index staff writers Christin Coyne (940) 325-465, ext. 3428, and Libby Cluett (940) 325-4465, ext. 3422.

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