The family of a woman who went missing last week in Houston after applying for a job at a local gentlemen’s club have made a public appeal for information after the teenager’s blood-stained phone The 24-year-old was found near a park 5 kilometers away.
Felicia Marie Johnson was last seen on April 15, when she stopped by the Cover Girls Nightclub to look for work. At a press conference, community activist Quanell X said an unidentified customer offered a ride to Johnson, to whom Uber was late. She hasn’t been heard from since.
“Uber took too long to actually get here, so a gentleman at the club offered her a ride to where she needed to go,” X said on Wednesday. “Felicia has not been seen since. No cell phone activity. No credit card activity. No social media activity. She had completely disappeared from the face of the earth. “
Johnson’s father Kevin, who flew to Houston from California to appear with X, said the family hired a private investigator who found the bloodied phone. Houston police told ABC13 that detectives are “actively investigating.” The Texas nonprofit search and rescue group EquuSearch also stepped in.
X says he wants PD Houston to devote as much resources to finding Johnson, who is Black, as when a white woman goes missing. By Thursday, X was feeling cautiously optimistic.
“HPD is finally taking this matter seriously,” X told The Daily Beast in a phone interview. “Texas EquuSearch on the ground is also trying to follow every lead, trying to find a body or something that belongs to her. And the FBI got involved today. So things are going.”
As for the identity of the person who gave Johnson a hitchhiking from the club, X said, “We don’t have a clue right now.”
X called Johnson’s disappearance part of “an epidemic in Houston, with Black girls missing and about to be murdered.”
This is the fifth missing, unquoted black girl ‘involved in the sex industry,’ he said. “The previous four were all found murdered — and all of that happened in the past five months.”
At Wednesday’s press conference, X said he wanted Johnson to “know the community is looking for you” and that he and others are “turning off all the stones. We won’t leave the door unlocked or open until we find out where you are. “
Speaking directly to his daughter, Kevin Johnson said, “It’s a tragedy when you get caught up in the net of whatever they’re going on here, but we’re working very, very hard to get it right. bring you back and I love you. Everyone in the family loves you and I just want you to know, stay strong and we are coming for you.”
X hopes that surveillance video from Cover Girls will help identify the man with whom Johnson left the club last Friday.
Johnson has long black hair, brown eyes, and dark skin. She has a butterfly and a pair of roses tattooed on her right shoulder.
Anyone who has seen Johnson in recent days, or knows where she may be, is asked to call the Houston Police Department at (713) 884-3131, the Houston Police Department of Missing Persons at at (832) 394-1840, or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.
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