Constance Anderson, Pregnant, Missing 1/06
Missing Pregnant Woman Feared Dead
by GERRY MAY firstname.lastname@example.org
She was just 19-years-old, the mother of a three-year-old child, and pregnant with another. Constance Anderson is feared dead after being missing for more than four months now. Detectives in DeSoto Parish hope someone has the information they need to solve what’s believed to be her murder.
Anderson disappeared the night of January 24 after getting a call at her family’s home on Albert Lewis Way in South Mansfield. The case frustrates Detective Adam Ewing.
"I don’t see why anyone would want to murder Constance," he said, standing outside the blue frame home the family used to live in. "When she left here, she didn’t have any kind of purse."
The family declined to speak with KTBS 3. But they told the detective Constance left the home at about 11 p.m. The detective says her last known contact was with a friend by text message.
"She talked about going to see a friend in a local housing project here. But never arrived, and nor did she say if she was going to go there, how she was going to go there,"
The family didn’t have a car, and Ewing doubts she walked the whole mile-and-a-half distance. It was a cool night and her jacket was left in the house. And she’d complained to her friend about a stomach ache, possibly because she was two-and-a-half months pregnant.
"If she could get rides from people, she would get one," Ewing said of Andersons traveling habits. Gazing down the road, he added, "It would’ve been fairly easy at that time of night on a weekend to find somebody going back and forth in that direction."
The question he wonders is: did Constance Anderson meet her killer on the way?
Ewing says if someone in the public has good information to help solve Anderson’s disappearance, they can remain anonymous and collect a Crimestoppers reward.
They should call the DeSoto Parish Sheriffs Office at 872-3956.
missing 6 months
Families mark dates of missing loved ones
Authorities have no new leads on cold cases.
July 24, 2006
MANSFIELD -- Today marks six months since Veola Anderson last saw her "baby," her 19-year-old daughter Constance Anderson.
And now Veola Anderson wonders if her youngest daughter has a baby of her own. When Constance Anderson reportedly walked out of Veola Anderson's South Mansfield home sometime around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, she was two and half months pregnant.
"It could be close to time for her to have that baby, and we just don't know what could be going on with that," Veola Anderson said.
Constance Anderson is one of many area people who seemingly have faded from the Earth. Her disappearance happened days before a Natchitoches man, Michael Osborn, 38, of Provencal, was reported missing. And it's been 10 years since Kristi O'Pry was last seen by her loved ones.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. said Osborn approached a residence in the Provencal community early on the morning of Jan. 31. His car was found in a ditch about one mile away. Woods, ditches and wells have been searched since then with no sign of Osborn.
"There's been no more information. No leads. Nothing. There's no direction to point us to," Jones said.
Osborn and Anderson are listed on a national missing persons database.
The family of Kristi O'Pry has been looking for her for 10 years. After visiting one of her three sisters on Meriweather Road on July 19, 1996, she left with a male acquaintance and has not been seen since. She was 26 at the time and the mother of a 3-year-old daughter.
A Caddo sheriff's cold case investigator now has O'Pry's case.
O'Pry's family is still waiting for closure. Her sister, Amy O'Pry, who now lives in Mena, Ark., said the family doesn't think she is still alive but would simply like to know what happened to her.
"If she was just going away, she would've told us," O'Pry, 28, said.
The O'Pry family has kept updates on the case on a Web site. O'Pry said a decade of uncertainly has been difficult on the whole family but especially for her missing sister's daughter, Jordan. She is now 13.
"It's been hard for her, growing up without her mom," O'Pry said.
All the family can do now is pray and ask others to do the same, O'Pry said. But even that offers little hope for peace.
"It's a strange emotion," she said. "You just have to bottle it all up and shove it down."
Another recent missing person case in Shreveport is that of Adrienne Debouch, 36. Police say she was last seen April 5 by her mother in the 1000 block of Waters Edge Circle, where she lived with her parents.
Her car was found April 10 in the parking lot of Regal Cinema's Bossier Corners 9, at the corner of Airline Drive and Shed Road, in Bossier City.
Debouch's parents have made several appeals to the public for help in locating their daughter.
DeSoto sheriff's Cpl. Adam Ewing believes Constance Anderson is the victim of foul play, but he has nothing to prove that. He bases his beliefs on Constance Anderson's prolonged absence.
"She was last seen leaving on foot. She left without her driver's license or her purse and she was not dressed for cold weather and it was cold then," Ewing said.
A boyfriend who was questioned passed a polygraph examination.
Constance Anderson's listing on a missing persons data base occasionally prompts a few calls from law enforcement agencies when unidentified black females fitting her description are the victims of crimes.
"But we haven't had any calls in a month and a half. When we do, it doesn't seem to pan out," Ewing said.
Veola Anderson and the rest of her family, which includes eight other children and many grandchildren, are trying to move on with their lives, albeit with difficulty. Veola Anderson has moved from Albert Lewis Way to a new home on Shell Street. Constance Anderson's clothing and other personal belongings are in boxes.
Constance Anderson's son, who will turn 4 next month, is mostly in the care of his father, and Veola Anderson doesn't get to see her grandson very often.
"We're trying to get on with things, but it is hard, very hard for me," Veola Anderson said. "I still think she's somewhere out there and someone will tell us something. I hope so."
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