Authorities are still looking for a 21-year-old pregnant woman, who mysteriously disappeared last week just hours before her boyfriend’s car was found in flames on a Philadelphia street.
Dianna Brice was last seen on March 30, 2021 at the K Laundry on Church Lane in Lansdowne, Pa., Where her mother was doing laundry. While waiting in the car, Dianna was joined by her 23-year-old boyfriend, Justin Smith.
Her mother, Betty Cellini, told Dateline she returned to the car where she was greeted by Justin and a visibly upset Dianna.
“She was so upset and she kept crying,” Betty said. “I asked him what was wrong. She said, ‘Nothing, mom.’ “
Dianna is 14 weeks pregnant with Justin’s baby and takes daily medication for a serious illness, her mother said. She told her mother that Justin would take her to get the medicine. So around 1 p.m. Betty drove the couple to Justin’s car which was parked around the corner from the laundromat.
“I asked him, ‘Are you okay? and then I was gone, ”Betty told Dateline. “And I haven’t seen my baby since.
Betty told Dateline that she spoke to her daughter on her cell phone shortly after, and Dianna informed her that they had been to Philadelphia. She asked her mother to take her medication and assured her that she would be home later.
But Dianna never came home. Calls on his phone went unanswered.
Betty told Dateline that she finally contacted Justin who told her they had a fight. They were in the 57th and Springfield Street area in southwest Philadelphia and he said she got out of the vehicle and walked away.
“What kind of man does that?” Betty asked. “What kind of man just lets your girlfriend carry your child?”
She added that Justin told her he searched the area for Dianna but couldn’t find her.
Betty told Dateline she was worried, so she told Justin on the phone that she would go ahead and file a missing person report.
At around 5:30 p.m., Philadelphia Police discovered Justin’s black 2018 Ford Fusion in flames near 59th Street and Florence Streets in southwest Philadelphia, according to a press release from the Police Department. Upper Darby. Investigators determined that neither Dianna nor Justin were in the vehicle, the statement said.
Police are urging anyone who may have seen Dianna or Justin to contact authorities. Dianna is considered a missing person “in danger” and they are concerned for her safety.
Dianna’s family also hired Kevin Ryan, a private investigator to assist with the investigation.
“Time is running out here,” Kevin Ryan told Dateline. “She hasn’t taken her medication for days and needs it daily. Two people are missing here and we’re doing everything we can to find them both. One will lead to the other, but Dianna is our priority. ”
Kevin Ryan told Dateline that he, along with family and friends of Dianna, was pounding the sidewalk looking for the young mother. He added that he wanted to speak to people who may be able to fill in the gaps about what happened in the couple’s lives in the days leading up to their disappearance.
“Two people just don’t go missing,” he added. Ryan said. “Someone knows something.”
He told Dateline that both of their cell phones were turned off and that there had been no banking activity on either of their accounts. He added that Justin’s wallet and other personal belongings were found inside his vehicle.
Betty told Dateline it wasn’t like her daughter spending some time without speaking or seeing her 4-year-old son.
“She can’t even go to a Wawa without calling me and asking how her son is doing,” Betty said. “Or call to make sure he’s listening.” It’s not even a question she would leave alone – she would never do that.
Betty said her family and the community are desperately looking for her every day, talking to locals, hanging up flyers and posting updates on Dianna Brice’s Facebook page.
“Her 4 year old son is at home and asks me, ‘Where is my mom? Betty said. “And I don’t know what to say to him. But here we are – we hammer the pavement every day. She is my baby and I need her at home.
Dianna is described as 4’11 ” tall and weighs approximately 190 lbs. She has brown eyes and dark hair which she wears in braids, but usually wears a long dark wig or scarf.
She was last seen wearing a black short sleeve shirt, black sweatpants and furry Ugg slides. a long haired wig with a scarf and false eyelashes. She has a black heart tattoo on her right hand, a Mickey Mouse glove with the letters “AJ” on her left forearm, and roses on her left shoulder and right ankle. She has the word “NANNY” tattooed on her left shoulder and the phrase “My Brother’s Keeper” on her chest.
Anyone with information on Dianna or Justin’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Detective Division of the Upper Darby Police Department at 610-734-7693 or 610-734-7677 or the Private Investigator of the Persons. missing from the Kevin Ryan family at 803-993-8477.