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Family seeks clues in woman’s disappearance

Family seeks clues in woman’s disappearance




By KELI JACOBI News-Times Staff Family members of a 25-year-old female who vanished just four days before she was set to testify at trial are still desperately looking for clues to her sudden disappearance nearly two weeks later.
The family of Crystal Jenkins told the News-Times on We d nesday that she was last seen in her vehicle at the intersection of East Jenkins Main and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard some time around 8 p.m. on Aug. 7.
Felicia Evans, a co-defendant in that same jury trial, reportedly last saw her sister about 6:55 p.m. at a residence on East Fourth Street in El Dorado. Evans swore in a written affi davit that her sister intended to remain for trial and that the family had looked everywhere for her.
Jenkins’ car was found parked at her home around 9 p.m. on Aug. 7 with only her cell phone in it, according to police reports, and no other items besides her purse and keys appeared to be missing from her home.
Jenkins stands 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighs 110 pounds, according to family members, and was last seen wearing blue jean capris and a green, long-sleeved T-shirt which read, "Smoking in the Cove." She frequently wore her dishwater blonde hair pulled back and was a natural blonde before dying her hair dark last year, the family said.
Anyone with knowledge of her whereabouts is urged to contact either the Union County Sheriff’s Offi ce at 864-1970 or the El Dorado Police Department at 863-4141.
"This is very unusual for her, she always was staying in touch with us," her mother, Teresa Jenkins, said on We dnesday. "It’s like she just disappeared off the face of the earth."
Jenkins had reason to keep her family updated, according to her mother and older sister, Tonya Sullivan. Both said they were vaguely aware of threats issued against Jenkins if she went through with plans to testify at a Union County Circuit Court trial in which she, her sister and two others faced extensive drug charges.
"Of course, one of the fi rst things I thought about was Mary Evans," Jenkins’ older sister, Tonya Sullivan, told the News-Times on Wednesday.
Sullivan was referring to the September 1999 missing person case of Mary Ann Newman-Evans, who was formerly married to Johnny F. Evans, one of the co-defendants facing drug charges whose case might have suffered a substantial blow if Jenkins had testifi ed against him.
The remains of Mary Ann Newman-Evans were found in a wooded area near Strong on July 25, 2001.
Jenkins’ testimony may have also implicated Lavelle D. Evans, 28, who ran a major drug distribution operation in collusion with his brother, Johnny F. Evans, according to the prosecutor’s offi ce.
Jenkins had agreed to testify truthfully about any involvement and/or knowledge she had about her co-de fendants in exchange for a possible plea deal, said Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Rogers.
Union County Sheriff Ken Jones said We dnesday that local law enforce ment agencies were still investigating the case and running down leads.
"There are no tips or leads at this point, I wish I could tell you some thing more," he said.
"The truth is, I don’t know if we are looking for a fugitive from justice or a missing person. We’re going at it from both angles."
In February 2005, deputies with the Union County Sheriff’s Offi ce execut ed a search warrant at the 2408 Ne vada St. residence and uncovered ap proximately $5,000 in cash, marijuana, crystal methamphetamine, Xanax, ice meth and small amounts of Ecstasy, according to Union County Sheriff Ken Jones.
Following that raid, Crystal Jenkins disappeared for a short time before fi nally resurfacing to face charges for her involvement in the matter. The trial has been postponed until Novem ber.

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