Family of missing Hampton mother, daughter pleads for answers

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The family of a missing Hampton mother and daughter addressed the media Tuesday morning in Newport News, pleading for information.

“Please help us get this taken care of,” said Rhonda Crews, mother of Keir Johnson and grandmother of baby Chloe Johnson.

“If anyone knows anything at all concerning my daughter and granddaughter please come forth and tell what happened,” Crews added.

Seven months after a mother and her baby went missing family is still searching for answers.

Chloe Johnson, left, and Keir Johnson. (Photo: Hampton Police Division).

Keir and Chloe Johnson have been missing since around early May. Teir Pettway, Keir’s twin sister, expressed on Tuesday that she just wanted information on their whereabouts.

“I just want the answers for my sister,” Pettway said. “I don’t need to know the why. I just want to know how can we get her back. That’s all I want to know.”

Pettway was overcome with emotion a couple of times at Tuesday’s news conference.

“She’s my everything. Just imagine living in a world and you see trees, and there’s no more trees, no more grass,” Pettway said. “All I know is her.”

What they do know is the 35-year-old Keir Johnson and her 1-year-old daughter Chloe were last seen leaving their Hampton home April 30. They were headed to Buckroe Beach. They never made it.

Johnson’s car was found two weeks later in Newport News.

“We wouldn’t be here with the family if we didn’t need more information,” Newport News Police Chief Mike Grimstead said.

Police say detectives have spent more than 5,000 hours investigating their disappearance. The FBI is also pitching in.

“We believe somebody is out there that has some information or heard something,” Grimstead added.


WATCH: Full news conference from the family of Keir Johnson. App users can watch here.


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An Amber Alert was eventually issued for Chloe Johnson, who was 8 months-old at the time of the disappearance. The alert later expired, but the two were still considered missing and endangered.

Family members of Keir and Chloe Johnson sit at a news conference Dec. 5, 2017. The family issued another plea for information in the case. Keir and Chloe went missing in late-April. (Photo: WAVY/Chris Omahen).

Officers are holding out hope Keir and Chloe are alive, but that hope is tested as each day passes.