Police ask for tips in search for missing girl

June 19, 2009 7:07:31 PM PDT
Police say they believe there are witnesses who can offer help in their search for missing 2-year-old Jada Justice. Jada's mother, Melissa Swiontek, made an emotional plea for help during a news conference on Friday evening.

"I have no idea. I just want her home. I have no idea. She just needs to come home. Somebody has an idea. Somebody knows something and they need to talk," said Melissa Swiontek, Jada's mothe.

Jada has been missing since Sunday evening when her cousin, Angelica Castillo, who was watching her reported her missing from her car in a Gary gas station parking lot. Castillo told police she left the girl in the car while she went into the store to buy milk.

Police arrested Castillo but authorities have since released her.

Police are looking for anyone who may have seen her or her boyfriend, Tim Tkachik, between Sunday and Tuesday. They may have been driving either a 1991 maroon Cadillac Fleetwood or a 1999 Chevy Tahoe.

So far investigators say they haven't found any clues that have led them to the girl or helped them to determine if she is safe.

"We believe there are individuals who have information important to this investigation who have not yet come forward because they did not feel their information was important, they thought someone else may have reported it, or they believe it was not relevant," said Deputy Chief Jeff White, Hobart Police.

Jada's family is offering a $6,000 reward for any information that leads to finding the girl.

Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.


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