A quick trip to the beach has been at the center of two missing persons cases in Virginia. It’s been three-and-a-half years since family and friends of 34-year-old Keir Johnson has seen her or her eight-month-old daughter, Chloe Johnson. There aren’t many details available about the case as it is reportedly still an ongoing, active investigation, but let’s unpack the little we do know about the missing mother and daughter duo.
It was April 30, 2017, when Keir Johnson and Baby Chloe Johnson were all set to take a trip to Buckroe Beach in Hampton, Virginia. I’ve sifted through multiple news reports and information shared by various agencies and there doesn’t seem to be anything that suggests that this was a particularly strange or unusual day. Keir shared with her mother that she was taking Chloe to meet up with a friend at the beach, but the friend told authorities that they waited for Keir Johnson and she never arrived.
When Keir’s mother didn’t hear from her daughter, she reported her and Baby Chloe missing the next day. It was uncharacteristic of Keir Johnson to disappear, especially with Chloe, without telling someone where she was going and when she could be expected to return.
Investigators received a clue when Keir’s vehicle, a 2013 Kia Optima, was located at a trailer park in Newport News, Virginia, less than 20 minutes from Buckroe Beach. The vehicle had been abandoned and it’s unclear what was found inside.
“The only thing I will say is I want my sister back,” Keir’s twin Teir Pettway said at a press conference a year after sister went missing. “I was born with my sister, I was created with my sister, and I want my sister with me. I want my niece back with me.” Teir added, “I believe it’s someone she knows. I just feel in my heart someone she knows.”
At the time of her disappearance, Keir Johnson stood 4 feet 11 inches tall and was 140 pounds. She had black/dark brown hair and brown eyes. Keir’s hair is described as being shoulder-length and straight because it was processed, meaning she used a relaxer so it was not her natural texture. Both of her ears are pierced, her left foot is smaller than her right foot, she has a scar on her left thigh, and she has scars on her abdomen from having her gallbladder removed. She was not wearing any jewelry or accessories. Keir Johnson was last seen wearing a t-shirt (of an unknown color), blue jeans, and black flat slider shoes (known as “slides”) with Nike in pink letters. She also wears prescription glasses but it’s believed she didn’t have them with her or at least she wasn’t wearing them when she went missing with her daughter.
At the time of her disappearance, Chloe Johnson was 2 feet 5 inches tall and 20 pounds. She had black/dark brown hair and brown eyes. Both of her ears are pierced.
There is currently a $35,000 reward for information regarding the whereabouts of both Keir and Chloe.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Newport News Police Department at (757) 247-2500, Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887), or their local authorities.
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