RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Police Department is searching for a missing woman who they believe may be in danger.
26-year-old Katasha Johnson is from the 1300 block of Jennie Scher Road. She was last seen the morning of June 3 when she dropped her daughter off at daycare on Richmond’s north side. She never showed up for work at the Dollar General store on Airport Drive in Henrico County.
Johnson had started her first day of part time work at an area Dollar General store the day before. The manager tells 8News that her boss at her other job, Flower’s Bakery, called the store asking where she was because she hadn’t shown up to work.
While Johnson hasn’t been seen since dropping her daughter off at daycare, police have found her car: a gold four door 2001 Volvo. They say it wasn’t damaged and it appears she was in it after she was last seen.
“We processed it and have reason to believe that yes she was in the car,” said police spokesperson Gene Lepley.
Betty Shands lives across the hall from Johnson at the Ashley Oaks apartment complex in Richmond. Shands said Johnson is an attentive mother and called her disappearance extremely unusual.
“If anybody know where she’s at or seen her, just please let us know. I just want her safe, I just want her back home,” Shands said. “It hurts my heart just to even think about these children who are going to have to grow up without their momma.”
Shands says she’s hoping that Johnson is eventually reunited with her three kids.
“Just call, let us know you’re alright. That’s all I need from her. Just to say she’s fine.”
Johnson is described as a black female, five feet one inch tall, 120 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. She has a tattoo on her right arm that says MYA. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and tan slacks.
Anyone with information about Katasha Johnson’s disappearance is asked to call Major Crimes Detective William Brereton at (804) 317-3889 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
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