Mom gives Thanksgiving prayer to bring missing daughter home

Mom gives Thanksgiving prayer to bring missing daughter home

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A major development in the case of a Richmond woman missing since September - the mother of Keeshae Jacobs confirms the 21-year-old was dating a Henrico man now charged with abusing his 1-year-old daughter.

Randy Watkins, 23 is being held in jail, right now, with no bond. Richmond Police will only say they are investigating the link between Watkins and Jacobs.

Meantime, Toni Jacobs is renewing her plea for help finding her missing daughter days before the holiday.

Toni Jacobs will observe Thanksgiving but says it's not a celebratory time. She's thankful for tremendous support of friends and family even strangers and store owners who allow her to put up new flyers and keep her daughter's name and face front and center in the public's eye.

But Toni says rejoicing on the two month anniversary of Keeshae's disappearance isn't possible.

"I'm not feeling it at all because we've always been together for Thanksgiving, me and Keeshae," said Toni Jacobs. "I just miss her. I don't even care about the holiday. I just want her home."

And to that end, it's still an active case with Richmond Police detectives who she says call her twice a week. She believes they're doing all they can.

Toni bolsters their efforts posting daily on Facebook, different pictures of Keeshae and answering comments left by others who are working and praying for the 21-year-old's safe return home.

"I feel like somebody has her and they won't let her get to me," said Toni Jacobs. "I don't think she just left me because she wouldn't do that. Even when we get mad. You know mothers/daughters get mad at each other. She always texted me or called me. If I can have one thing for Thanksgiving, that's just my daughter walking through my door calling my name, MOM."

Her gut tells her her daughter is being held, however police have not speculated on that theory. They're still developing leads. Meantime, Toni has a message for both Keeshae and the person she may be with.

"Just let my baby go. This is not right. This is not right. Just let her go. I just want her to know that I love her very very much. My heart is breaking because she is not here with me."

If you see Keeshae Jacobs, know where she is, or have any information to help, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.  She will have been missing two months on Nov. 26.

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