A frantic search has been launched for a 23-year-old Virginia mom who vanished from her front yard amid signs of a struggle.
TerriLynn St. John was last seen in her front yard early Tuesday, Feb. 27, at her home on Mill Wharf Road in Wake, preparing to take her children to daycare.
The door to her home was found open by her father, who alerted the police.
St. John has two small children, ages one and three, who were alone inside.
Family members said the car was left in the driveway and St. John’s cellphone was found in bushes just outside the home, reported WTVR.
Police said other evidence included a broken necklace in the yard.
“They looked through the woods and you could definitely tell there has been a struggle beside my daughter’s car,” her father Terry St. John told WTVR. “Jewelry was all around, like it had been broken off, her cell phone was found in the bushes.”
Investigators have identified four persons of interest, reported WRIC.
The persons of interest were being interviewed late Tuesday.
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But Middlesex Sheriff’s Major Michael Sampson said on Wednesday that it was too late to say whether St. John was abducted.
“This is a missing person, under suspicious circumstances,” he said, reported WTVR. “A person of interest could be acquaintances, whether they be personal acquaintances—friends, family. Miss St. John had a boyfriend at the time. He is obviously a person of interest.”
A search of the area was conducted by multiple officers, with assistance from drones and dogs.
The Virginia State Police was called in to assist with air surveillance.
Beaches and boat landings in the area were searched as well.
Sr. John recently moved to Wake with her family. She’s described as a white female standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.
She has multiple tattoos, including the letters R.J.M. on her right wrist, a princess crown on her left wrist, and a cross on her ring finger.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office at (804) 758-2779 or 911.