East Chicago mother missing

February 9, 2011 5:00:12 AM PST
A search is under way for a missing mother of three from Northwest Indiana.

Lorenzia Tucker, 31, was last seen on Friday, February 4, 2011 when she left to pick up a tax refund check from a tax preparer. The East Chicago woman was on her way to Chicago when she disappeared.

Tucker is about 5'5," weighs 110 pounds with light brown skin, freckles and a black mole on the left side of her lip.

Tucker's family members are very concerned because they say it is not like her to be away from her children.

"Mamma, if you out there, please come home. I miss you and I love you. I want you to please come home," said 15-year-old Latoria Coleman, Tucker's daughter.

Tucker's three children are now with their grandmother in the Jeffery Manor Community on the South Side.

Ten-year-old DeVonte Henderson called his grandmother on Friday and said he was worried because his mother had not returned home.

"If she is out there, just come home. She got everybody worried," said Henderson.

"She had left the tax office around 2, or something like that, and she was on her way home," said Jeanetta Totty, Tucker's mother. "That is not the norm for my daughter to just don't call, don't come home or text."

Totty says her daughter did not have a current boyfriend but there are a number of problems with her ex-boyfriend and that is why she moved to East Chicago, Indiana.

"The ex-boyfriend is not physically out in the street around to harm her or anything," said Totty. "She was, to me, a very dedicated mom, getting on her feet, getting her place and putting her kids all under the same roof with her."

"I feel so sad 'cause she left our house. She said she was going to come back in a minute, but then she never did," said Bernard Burson, Tucker's son.

Totty says she was told by the tax preparer that her daughter never cashed the refund check and that she made a phone call and asked someone to pick her up. The grandmother says her grandchildren will stay with her and she will now enroll them in the Chicago Public School system.