A pregnant Washington State woman vanished a day before she was scheduled to have her first ultrasound — and her car was later found abandoned near her home, according to authorities and her family.
Kassandra Cantrell, 33, was last seen on security footage around 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 25, leaving her Parkland home in her 2014 white Mazda sedan, local outlet KCPQ reported.
“This is not normal, she wouldn’t just vanish…,” her mom, Marie Smith, told the TV-station.
The next day, Cantrell, who is three months pregnant, missed a doctor’s appointment where she would have found out whether she was going to be having twins, according to KIRO-7.
“She wouldn’t have missed it for the world, it doesn’t make any sense for her to be gone at all,” Smith said.
The mom-to-be also fell off the social media radar, which her family said was highly unusual.
“She wouldn’t just go dark on all her social platforms,” her mom said.
Authorities on Friday night found Cantrell’s vehicle not far from a highway overpass near the Tacoma Dome, about 10 miles from where she lives with her mom and stepfather — but there was no sign of her.
Pierce County detectives are scouring the area and asking businesses to check surveillance cameras for any sign of Cantrell or her car between Tuesday and Friday.
“This is way out of character for her so we’re worried,” Ed Troyer, spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, told The News Tribune.
Cantrell is having a baby with a friend, and though the pregnancy was unexpected, it was a welcome surprise, her mom said.
“When she found out she was thrilled because she wasn’t sure that she’d have a chance to have a baby and so she was really excited, she already picked out names,” said Smith.
Cantrell is described as 5-feet-7 and 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department believes her disappearance is suspicious and is asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to call 911.
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