Family says missing Indiana woman just vanished

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Authorities in Indiana are searching for a missing 30-year-old mother who was reported missing March 15 after she didn’t pick up her children from school.

“I don’t think it’s words I can truly express how my heart is,” said Paula Gholson, who is the missing woman’s mother.

Najah Ferrell’s family is waiting for answers.

“It’s like a deep empty hold that can’t be filled. We just trust and believe in God. Taking it second by second,” said Rhondel Gowdy, the missing woman’s aunt. 

Gholsen said the family reported Ferrell missing after receiving a call from a foster case manager who said Ferrell didn’t pick up her foster children from school. 

Ferrell also missed work, her mother said.

“I knew at that time it alerted me because I know Najah was never irresponsible,” Gholsen said.

Gholson said Ferrell never neglected her responsibilities.

Ferrell also has two biological children.

“She just makes family very important in her life that’s one thing about her for sure. That’s why it’s out of her character to be gone from her kids this long. It’s completely out of her character,” said Azaria Joseph, the missing woman’s sister,

Avon police don’t know if Ferrell is in danger, but have several investigative strategies in play, officials say.

“We’re obviously speaking to a lot of people and looking for a lot of records. Some of that includes security cameras systems and what not,” said Deputy Chief Brian Nugent of the Avon Police Department.

Police and her family are pleading for anyone with information about her disappearance to come forward. 

“I thought about when I first was pregnant with her and knew I was going to have a baby. You know it was a certain fear that came over me. The fear was that I would love something so much that if somebody tried to do anything I would give my life and I had that same feeling,” Gholson said.

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