Najah Ferrell was last seen on March 15 at her home in Avon, Indiana

By KC Baker
April 01, 2019 03:24 PM
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Najah Ferrell, 30, of Indiana
Avon Police Department

Indiana police are desperately searching for a mom of five who vanished more than two weeks ago, as her own mother made a tearful plea for information on the case.

Missing mom Najah Ferrell “should be here with her boys,” Ferrell’s mother Paula said at a press conference Thursday. “They’ve never been without their mother.”

Ferrell, 30, went missing on March 15.

“We’re convinced, this family is convinced, this community is convinced also — somebody knows something,” Avon Police Department Deputy Chief of Investigations Brian Nugent said at the press conference while asking for information.

A devoted mom of two biological children and three foster children, Ferrell’s disappearance is highly uncharacteristic, Nugent said.

“Anyone that leaves their family for an extended period of time, we would call that suspicious,” he said. “For a mother to not know where her children are at, and for her children to not know where their mother is at, is not only heartbreaking, but it’s certainly suspicious.”

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Ferrell was reported missing after she failed to show up for work on her third day at Panera Bread in Indianapolis, where she was due to participate in a new employee orientation.

Her black Nissan Altima was later found near the Panera where she worked and some of her belongings were found at another location.

Ferrell’s mother described her daughter as a “giving, giving young lady,” saying, “I love my child, and I tried to teach her to love others the same way.”

“My heart, I can’t even tell you,” the mother added, sobbing. “I wouldn’t want any other mother to ever, ever have to deal with anything like this because I miss her. … Bring her home.”

Ferrell stands 5 feet 4 inches and has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the Hendricks County Communications Center at 317-839-8700 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS.