NNPD chief discusses missing persons case, crime updates

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Newport News Police Chief Richard Myers held a news conference Wednesday to discuss several ongoing cases in the city.

One of the cases Myers discussed was Keir and Chloe Johnson — the Hampton mother and daughter who have been missing since early May.

Myers said a total of 19 people from six divisions have investigated the case since Newport News took over the case in mid-May. More than 2,500 hours have been spent investigating Keir and Chloe Johnson’s case, according to Myers.

Family, police address case of missing Hampton mother, daughter

Hampton police say the two were last seen April 30, leaving their home on Hastings Drive.

“We know that there are people out there who know where Keir and Chloe are. We need to hear from you. Our investigators are conducting interviews and seeking answers,” Myers said.

An Amber Alert was issued in May for 8-month-old Chloe Johnson, before it later expired. Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult said an Amber Alert was not immediately issued because they did not have information indicating there was an abduction.

The two were still considered missing and endangered after the Amber Alert expired — in accordance with policy.

The car Keir Johnson may have been driving was found in Newport News Mother’s Day morning, about 10 miles from her home.

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Myers issued a plea of information to the public Wednesday, for anyone with information on Keir and Chloe Johnson to call the Crime Line.

Police are continuing to work in conjunction with local, state and federal agencies on this case. Myers did not take questions Wednesday on Keir and Chloe Johnson.

Johnson’s mother, Rhonda Crews, said Wednesday that she believes the two will return home.

“Come home to me, because I’m waiting. I’ll be here when you get here. That’s what I want her to know, and I love ya’ll,” Crews said, through tears.

She said the police were doing the best that they can. “They still need the public. They need the public to come and help them.”

Myers also provided updates to other ongoing investigations in the city, including a string of robberies police believe may be connected.

Three robberies and an attempted robbery happened between 1:20 a.m. July 3 and around 1:40 a.m. July 4. Myers said one of the suspects in each case was armed with a shotgun.

Police also made a made a major bust the Giza Social Cub in June. Myers noted a search warrant as executed June 10 in a joint investigation into the club’s business.

A total of 58 people were either arrested or summonsed as a result of the search. Officers seized cocaine, marijuana and firearms from the business.

Another major talking point from Myers Wednesday was the reduction of crime and removal of guns from the street. Data shared Wednesday showed 175 firearms – 134 handguns and 13 rifles – have been recovered between April and June.

Myers noted that guns have been recovered in areas all across the city.

The Violent Crimes Reduction Task Force – formed last November – has made 215 arrests, resulting in a total of 154 felony charges filed.