Missing woman's mother asks Henrico county leaders for help

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Nearly a month after her daughter's disappearance, the mother of a missing Henrico woman reaches out to county leaders for help.

20-year-old Arianna Davis, or Peaches to her family and friends, hasn't been seen since April 30th. Arianna's mother says she thought police were slow to take the case seriously, but on Wednesday was assured by investigators they're doing the best they can.

She brought her concerns to the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. All she wants is her daughter back home safe and sound.

Zandra Shearin is holding out hope that her daughter will walk through her front door.

"I find myself looking at different cars and coming out to the door at night hoping she'd come across the field or around the street," said Shearin.

Last Tuesday, Shearin stood before the county board of supervisors and pleaded for their help in finding her daughter.

"Police officers and you all have more ability to do things that I can't do, or my family can do, as citizens asking reaching out to help me do whatever needs to be done in order to find my child," said Shearin to the board.

Arianna disappeared April 30 near her home off Nine Mile Road. On May 10, Henrico police revealed they suspected foul play.

"At the beginning they didn't take it seriously because they said they have a lot of young people adults teenagers that run away, or just leaving and not coming back home," said Shearin.

Shearin said in her frustration she reached out to Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton.

"He listened to what I had to say and started making phone calls and ever since then people have been calling. Police have been on the case," said Shearin.

Her church raised $1,000 for a reward. Arianna's case is also featured on the National Missing Persons System web site.

"I want my daughter back. I need her to come back home. I need closure," said Shearin.

The family hopes to collect more donations to increase the reward. If you have information about Arianna Davis' whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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