Texarkana family asks for help finding missing loved one

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A family wants answers in the disappearance of their loved one. 

Latoya Grissom was last seen more than a decade ago in Texarkana. Her family is holding on to hope for some sort of closure. 

“She said she’d be coming back,” said Dorothy Grissom, Latoya’s grandmother. “The baby wanted to go with her, he was crying. She said she was gonna come back and get him. She never returned.”

Latoya Grissom was 25 years old when she went missing in September 2007. The mother of two left without explanation from the apartment she shared with her grandmother. 

“No matter what happened, she always kept in touch with her family,” said Dorothy Grissom. 

When Latoya had been gone for several days without calling home, her family reported her missing. Local police entered her name into their databases.

“In any type of case like that, we immediately are entering those persons into TCIC and NCIC,” said Shawn Vaughn with the Texarkana Texas Police Department. “Because a lot of times, time is of the essence on these things.”

Vaughn said hard evidence in the investigation has been hard to come by. 

“In the last 12 years there hasn’t been anything that’s allowed us to move forward with the case,” said Vaughn.

Latoya’s family believes someone out there knows something. 

“No one seems to be telling the truth. Why? I want to know the story,” said Dorothy Grissom. 

A story they hope will soon bring answers.  

“This family, the Grissom family, needs closure,” said Dorothy Grissom. “We need closure.”

If you have any information on Latoya Grissom’s disappearance, please contact police.

This story is part of the Catalyst project “Mayberry Texas,” (link to www.mayberrymissing.com) a statewide investigation into the 5,628 active missing persons cases in the state since 1998. Explore an interactive map of some of the cases and learn about a solution that could help families find closure. 

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