The disappearance and death of Krishonda "Shonda" Leann Townsend, 19, reported missing on July 5, 2010, is still a mystery. "It's right where it was six months ago," said Mike Sudderth, Palo Pinto County Sheriff's Office chief deputy. "We have continually talked to people." He added that what tips they have received, which are very few, all lead back to information and areas they have already investigated. "I would have thought that reward ($20,000) would have popped someone out of the woodwork," Sudderth added. "The investigation is continuing," he said. "We have more people to interview and we're awaiting some forensic evidence." Townsend was reported to have disappeared July 5, 2010. She was the mother of a 2-year-old son and lived with her family outside of Perrin in Jack County. Following her disappearance, rumors flew across the county with reports that her remains could be found from Lake Bridgeport to several locations in Palo Pinto County. According to police, Townsend sent a text message to her mother at 12:10 a.m. July 5 stating she was on her way home from Mineral Wells. Former Mineral Wells Police Chief Mike McAllester said her vehicle, a 1997 gray Toyota four-door sedan, was found in the 800 block of Southeast Third Avenue in Mineral Wells the day she disappeared. The car radio had been stolen. He later said police had identified the suspect in that theft and McAllester reported the suspect said he had taken the radio at the location where the vehicle was found.


Police also reported the vehicle was scoured for any possible evidence and nothing was found that led them to any potential suspects. A number of people have been given polygraph tests since her disappearance and no particular individual had stood out, McAllester said at the time. Phone records have shown there were other text messages after the 12:10 a.m. message to her mother on July 5 but police said there was no indication her phone was ever turned on after those messages. On Oct. 27, 2011, skeletal remains found in an area off Sandy Hill Road southwest of Mineral Wells were confirmed as those of Townsend. "We're moving forward with our investigation," Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer said at the time. "Circumstances we determined before her disappearance lead us to believe it was foul play." A Texas Ranger evidence recovery team was at the location the day after her remains were found, checking for possible evidence. At the time, Mercer said local and state investigators had worked on the case of the missing woman for over a year, tracking down every possible lead and every rumor. Cadaver dog searches in several locations failed to uncover any evidence of her fate or whereabouts. "We have a strong sense it was someone local," he added. Lena Rittenbury, the missing girl's aunt, said Townsend was wearing pink shorts and a black top over a black and white polka dot bathing suit. Her cell phone was an older Blackberry and she carried a thin orange and yellow clutch purse. None of those items have been recovered. She was reported to have left a residence on Highway 180 West near E-Z Mart. Another family member reported seeing her in the convenience store at approximately 12:15 a.m. the morning of her disappearance, however, law enforcement officials said there was no evidence of that on store surveillance videos. Palo Pinto County Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrest and indictment of those involved in her death. Callers can remain anonymous - 940-325-0000. Or call the Mineral Wells PD, 940-328-7770; the sheriff's office, 940-659-2085; or the Jack County Sheriff's Office, 940-567-2161.