(BOONVILLE, Ind.) — The mysterious disappearances of two Indiana moms who vanished within weeks of each other could be linked, according to police.
Police say they are actively investigating any possible connection between the disappearances of Joelle Lockwood, 30, and Kristy Kelley, 27, who vanished about 20 miles apart.
“It doesn’t happen frequently that we have two women of the same age group that go missing around the same time,” Warrick County Sheriff Brett Kruse said.
Police say they have nothing linking the disappearances at this point, but investigators on both cases are comparing notes daily.
Kelley was last seen at 1:30 a.m. Friday leaving a Boonville VFW club. Surveillance footage shows what police believe is Kelley’s car heading in the direction of her home. Authorities haven’t noticed any activity on Kelley’s bank accounts, and “no evidence pointing towards any type of struggle,” Kruse said.
Meanwhile, Lockwood was last seen July 9 leaving a party in Evansville, about 20 miles away. She, too, has disappeared without a trace, and her mother, Candace Lockwood, is grief-stricken.
“She’s faced a lot of different challenges in her life, and we’re very worried for her right now,” Candace Lockwood said.
Kelley’s mother, Kathy Scales, is stunned that her daughter is missing.
“I just can’t explain the pit that I have in my stomach. And just knowing that our daughter is out there and we can’t get to her. It’s very, very, very rough,” Scales said.
Both families are pleading for the public’s help, reassuring their grandchildren that they won’t stop searching.
“It’s been difficult to keep one foot in front of the other,” Candace Lockwood said. “But we are doing that, and we will find our daughter.”
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