Family, friends search for missing woman after Gary accident – NBC Chicago

Ariana Taylor’s family and friends are desperate and determined to find answers after she was reported missing over the weekend in northwest Indiana.

The 23-year-old was reported missing by her mother on Sunday. She was last seen on Saturday before leaving for a girls’ night out.

Her mother reported her missing after the SUV she allegedly drove was found after it crashed into an embankment along Interstate 65 near the Lake Station-Gary border.

Family members say his wallet, cellphone and keys were missing. They also say some of her bloodied clothes were found several meters from the scene of the crash, along with a piece of her jewelry.

They were turned over to the Gary Police Department on Tuesday evening.

Queena Taylor is Ariana’s mother. She believes foul play is involved in her daughter’s mysterious disappearance.

She also says she received strange calls and messages, which she says she told authorities.

“I just want my daughter back,” said Queena Taylor, Ariana’s mother. “At this point, just tell me where my daughter is. I contacted Lake County Police and Gary Police about each odd number. Whoever is holding my baby hostage, let them go, because it won’t do you any good.”

Gary police say they searched with dogs and a helicopter, but so far have found no sign of Ariana.

Commander Jack Hamady says the police are doing everything they can to find the missing mother and find out what really happened to her.

“We want to find her whereabouts,” Gary Police Department Commander Jack Hamady said. “If she’s in a ditch or someone has her…we just want to make sure she’s okay.”

Gary police say they’ve spoken to Ariana’s boyfriend and is cooperating with the investigation. Detectives also checked hospitals and medical centers in the area.

As of Tuesday night, dozens of volunteers were searching for Ariana near the crash scene, and they plan to continue the search Wednesday morning.

If you have seen Ariana or know her whereabouts, please call 911 or her mother at 219-955-4324.

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