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Camisha Hollis, Mother of 3, Missing After Being Beaten By Boyfriend

He first drugged their three daughters to make them sleep through the attack. The eldest daughter couldn’t fall asleep due to fear.

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Camisha Hollis Missing

One thing that many of these missing cases proves is that the ones we love don’t always have our best interests in mind. Too often, women enter into relationships believing that their partners will stand by them, love them, and protect them, not knowing the person that they’ve opened their hearts to are the very predators they need protection from. Such was the case of Camisha Hollis.

Omaha, Nebraska police were alerted in April 2018 after Martha Hollis found her three grandchildren — 10, eight, and six-years-old — home alone. Martha was visiting her daughter, 34-year-old Camisha Hollis, and her daughter’s longtime live-in boyfriend, 36-year-old Marvin Young. It was a place that Martha claimed to have avoided because of the negative energy she felt there. When Martha arrived at the home and saw that the three young girls were without supervision, she asked them where their parents were. She wasn’t prepared for the answer.

The eldest daughter told Martha that on April 1, her father gave them a cough syrup-like drink before bed. The purple liquid helped her sisters fall fast asleep, but she, instead, spit hers out. She said as she lay in bed, she heard a vicious fight between her parents. She reportedly claimed that she witnessed her father beat her mother, including savagely attacking Camisha Hollis with a boot. The couple had a long history of domestic violence, but the little girl said this is the worst she’s ever witnessed.

“She said she was paralyzed with fear because it was very loud and scarier than any time prior,” Omaha Police Detective Sarah Spizzirri reportedly said.

Who knows how many times these poor children have seen the man they are supposed to look up to strike their mother. The girl also knew that her father kept a gun in his bedroom closet—a revelation that surprised Martha.

Although the child did see her father repeatedly striking her mother, what happened to Camisha Hollis next remains a mystery. The couple disappeared from the house and the girls were left to fend for themselves. The kids reportedly woke up around 8:00 a.m. the following day. Martha arrived some time that morning and called the police who, following a quick search of the home, found blood and two spent shell casings. They also recovered a bottle of Sleep Time, a sleeping aid that is presumed to be what Young fed his children. The warning label clearly stated that the medicine shouldn’t be given to anyone under the age of 12.

“There’s no way she would’ve left her three kids alone,” Martha told 6 News. “In my head, I’m thinking he played a major role in Camisha’s disappearance.”

Martha also stated that Camisha “was tired of the abuse and she was gonna leave. She wanted to live her life, just her and her kids.”

Camisha was classified as an Endangered Missing Person and days following her disappearance, her car was found at an undisclosed location. While investigators wouldn’t tell the public where the 2018 Red Hyundai Elantra was located, they did immediately search nearby riverbanks and wildlife areas.

“I’m still hoping for the best, like I said, prepared for the worst; just hoping we find her,” said Martha.

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Months later, police have yet to locate Camisha Hollis. They believe that Young is responsible for her disappearance, but they don’t have any concrete evidence to tie him to any crime. However, he was arrested on three counts of child abuse, one count of domestic disturbing the peace, and one count of criminal mischief. When Young was interviewed about Camisha, police said his calm demeanor soon shifted and he began banging on tables and walls before threatening officers.

During the initial stages of the search for Camisha, Martha said she didn’t tell her granddaughters that their mother was missing.

“They think that she’s on vacation. They think she’s coming home one day,” Martha said. “Some nights, they’ll have nightmares asking for their mom. They miss their mom so much.”

“A blessing is going to come through,” she said. “She didn’t deserve this, whatever happened. I just hope and pray that we’ll find her to give her peace if she is deceased.”

Camisha’s daughters are being cared for by her mother. The search for the missing woman continues. Young is still claiming no involvement in her disappearance. The investigation is active and ongoing.

Camisha Hollis is described as having brownish-reddish hair and brown eyes at the time she went missing. She was 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 195 pounds.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Omaha Police Homicide Unit at (402)444-5636 or Omaha Crime Stoppers at 444-STOP.

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2010s

Kathryn Griffin, 43: Rode Away On Bike & Never Was Seen Again

In 2012, she was last seen leaving a barbershop before vanishing.

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William Perry was just eight years old when his mother disappeared. He was with his sister, Wilmesha, and his grandmother, Linda Archie, when they stopped by Perry’s Cutz in Portsmouth, Virginia where his mother, Kathryn Griffin, often worked to help her former boyfriend. It was a barbershop where Kathryn was last seen on January 7, 2012, by the boyfriend after she asked to borrow his bicycle. Kathryn rode away from the shop around 12:00 p.m. and has never been seen or heard from since. (more…)

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