Family fears for missing mother, search intensifies

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Edna Johnson has been going to bed at night holding a picture of her daughter, Yamisha Thomas, who many call "Misha" or "Tutt." No one has seen or heard from the 30 year old mother of two in nearly a week.

"Any mother in my position would feel the same way. My daughter and I are very close," Johnson said in an interview at her home.

Yamisha Thomas lives in Phenix City but her family lives in Columbus. After Thomas dropped her 6-year-old daughter off in Opelika for a visit with her grandparents on Friday, April 22nd and didn't show up to get the child as scheduled on Sunday, her mother reported her missing to the Columbus Police Department.

Columbus detectives have been retracing Thomas' steps. Investigators say the last spot they can place her is at L&S Soul Food in Phenix City. Last Saturday afternoon, she placed a to go order with her boyfriend and the couple headed to their home on Summerplace Drive in Phenix City. Her boyfriend tells officers she later left to visit friends in Columbus. Thomas never made it and has since vanished.

According to detectives, her cell phone has been off since Saturday. Another twist came several days ago when her car was found abandoned in a medical office parking lot in the Rosehill section of Columbus. It's now being tested for evidence like blood and fingerprints.

"This is uncharacteristic according to the family. She maintains a close relationship with her mother. She has two children ages sixteen and six. She's maintained a close relationship with them. No one's heard from her, the children haven't heard from her and that's led us to be very concerned for her safety and well being," explained Sergeant Charles Lee.

Thomas' mother say her daughter was trying to get out of an abusive relationship. She thinks something horrible has happened to her.

"I just want my daughter back home. I just want her back. Not knowing is very hard. If there's someone who knows anything please come forward," Johnson added.

Police say Thomas' boyfriend is cooperating with them. His attorney tells WTVM he has been interviewed by investigators and giving them the information they've requested.

Detectives are also interviewing her other friends and acquaintances.

She was last seen wearing a turquoise tank top and white pants.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Columbus investigators at 706-653-3449 or dial 911.

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