Parents Concerned About Missing Daughter

Wednesday, January 23rd 2008, 10:07 pm
By: News On 6

Two Tulsa parents are making a desperate plea for help. They haven't seen or heard from their daughter since the December ice storm. The News On 6's Ashli Sims reports Keyonna Jenkins' family hopes someone might know something about what happened to her.

Her parents say Keyonna Jenkins was easy with a smile and quick to extend the hand of friendship.

"She's just. Everybody is her friend. That's just her personality," said Paulette Richardson, Keyonna's stepmother.

Now that the 27 year old is missing, and her parents are afraid that trait might have gotten her in trouble. Mason and Paulette Richardson say the last time they heard from Keyonna was during the December ice storm. When her parents hadn't heard from her in a couple of days, they went by her house. That's where they found her keys on the door knob.

"Every light in the house was on which tells us she had not been back in that house since power was restored. The window was still cracked two inches, and there was no sign of her," said Paulette Richardson, Keyonna's stepmother.

Richardson says Keyonna was attending Community Care College, but her teachers haven't seen her either.

"She was doing great. Her counselor says she was happy the last day of school before the ice storm hit. She hasn't returned there. She hasn't picked up her latest check. It's just not normal," said Paulette Richardson.

The Richardsons say they've never gone this long without hearing from their daughter.

"I believe if Keyonna was in Alaska, she would pick up the phone and say, 'hey I'm in Alaska, ya'll.' That's just her personality. She would not just be out there and not contact someone in her family," said Paulette Richardson, Keyonna's stepmother.

Police in Tulsa say there are no signs of foul play, but her parents fear the worst.

"As long as there's no body, there's hope. And, when we heard there was a body found on 11th Street, it sends chills through your body. Cause you're bracing for it to be your child," said Paulette Richardson.

The Richardsons say they can't sleep and won't stop searching until they find Keyonna.

A friend of Keyonna's told the Richardsons she stayed with him at the end of December. But, he also hasn't heard from her in more than three weeks. Keyonna also hasn't picked up her only source of income. And, she hasn't made any charges on her credit card since early December.