LITHONIA, Ga.,None — Family members of a missing Lithonia woman are desperate for answers in her disappearance.
Badicea McLeod told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri no one has seen or heard from her 35-year-old daughter, Shawndell, since Sept. 25.
"Just waiting, and hoping and praying," McLeod told Viteri. "No sign, no call. No trace."
McLeod said her daughter was supposed to come over for Sunday dinner on Sept. 25, but she didn't show up. She was also told her daughter did not make it to her job as a cook that morning, either.
DeKalb police put out a description of the missing woman's car, and within days, an Atlanta police officer spotted the car being driven by a man named Ricky Nobles, DeKalb police detective H. Guest said.
Guest said Nobles fled from the officer.
"He runs down an alley, bails out of the car, strips off all his clothing, just running," Guest said.
Guest said Nobles is a person of interest and may have information on the missing woman's whereabouts. Police are still looking for him, and they believe he is still in the Atlanta area.
McLeod said her daughter does not drink or use drugs and would never run off.
"She would never walk away from her family," McLeod said.
McLeod said her daughter recently left an abusive relationship. She said her daughter told her she was afraid for her safety and had borrowed a gun from a friend.
"My fear, I know they kidnapped my child. But my gut's telling me she's alive," McLeod said.
Police said there has been no activity on McLeod's cell phone or bank accounts. They're asking anyone who has seen Nobles to contact them.
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