My heart is heavy. I'm writing this from the passenger seat of the live truck. I'm watching an exhausted terrified mom walk up and down the sidewalk handing out pictures of her 12-year-old daughter Donyetta. She's talking to passersby asking if they've seen or heard anything.
Everyone she talks to stops for a moment to listen or give her some sort information. Her eyes full of desperation soaking in every word. Good or bad.
Mom's name is Michelle Mosby and I doubt she's slept at all the past 24 hours. Her daughter never returned after taking out a dirty diaper from her motel room at the Hometown Inn in North Hills around 9:55 Tuesday night.
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Police, search and rescue dogs and neighbors are all searching for her. Some asking if she ran away others wondering if she was kidnapped. The possible answers to these questions make my stomach hurt. This girl is only 12. I can only imagine how Michelle is feeling.
She tells me Donyetta likes to sing, she's a good student and a big sister to four. Mom also says her daughter has PTSD and needs to be on medication after witnessing 9 years of abuse. Michelle says she escaped to California to give her children a better life.
She sees a woman dressed in a pink striped shirt and black shorts fitting the general description of her daughter. She rushes toward her. This is the second time she got her hopes up today.
The woman says she hasn't seen Donyetta, but knows of a man who hangs around the motel who's abusive. The woman cries as she tells Michelle about what happened to her two years ago. Could this person have taken Donyetta?
Michelle gets the woman's number to give to detectives and continues on. She's still out here now handing out fliers. Talking to people. Doing interviews with reporters. She's worried, scared, but she won't stop.
I want to do more than just get out his story. But, that's all I can think to do. If you see Donyetta please call the police. Please share this story. Send out good vibes.