Family refuses to give up

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 12, 2008

FRANKLIN— When the family of Anne Turner sits down to Christmas dinner, one chair might remain empty.

Turner, who grew up in Zuni and graduated from Windsor High School, has been missing since June. She was reportedly last seen at Wal-Mart on Armory Drive on June 27.

The missing woman’s family is reaching out to anyone who might have information that could bring her home. Anne’s brother, Zuni resident Jon Turner, said it’s up to them to keep the issue in the forefront.

“She’s been gone too long,” he said. “I am not going to rest until I see her.”

The Tidewater News first reported Turner’s disappearance in June. There have been no breaks in the case since then, according to the Newport News police.

Although Turner was presumably last seen in Franklin, the Newport News Police department has taken the lead on the investigation.

Newport News Police department spokeswoman Officer Holly McPherson said one of the department’s detectives did travel to Franklin to retrieve any evidence of Anne’s Wal-Mart visit.

“The video had been taped over, so there is no record of any visit to the store,” she said.

McPherson said the investigation is still ongoing.

“Our detectives will continue to look for evidence about Ms. Turner’s whereabouts,” she said.

Turner’s family isn’t complaining about the police department’s performance, but think there’s more to the story.

“The police have done an excellent job,” Jon Turner said. “They confirmed that she was last seen in Franklin, but its still a mystery.

Turner said he doesn’t believe his sister would disappear on her own.

“It just doesn’t sound like her,” he said. “She is a very family-oriented person and she wouldn’t walk away from her kids like that.” Turner is the mother of 19-year-old twins Jehrita and Jerrod.

Early on, some family members speculated that her boyfriend, James Jenkins of Franklin, was behind her disappearance after rumors circulated that he was with her in Wal-Mart the day she was last seen.

Reached by phone Thursday night, Jenkins said the accusations are unfounded.

“I was never at Wal-Mart with her,” he said. “We broke up, and a week later she disappeared.”

Jenkins said he was concerned when he heard that Turner was missing.

“I only want the best for her,” he said. “I was upset when I heard. She’s a mother, a daughter, and a friend. I don’t want anything bad happen to her.”

Jenkins said he has answered all of the authorities questions.

“I have cooperated fully with the police investigators,” he said. “I’ve talked to everybody.”

Newport News Assistant Public Information Officer Harold Eley said the case is still being handled as a missing persons file.

“There are no suspects or persons of interests implicated in any missing persons case.”

No charges have been filed against Jenkins in the case.

Jon Turner believes someone has taken his sister.

“Whoever has her, they are good at covering their tracks.,” he said. “They must be miserable to do something like this.”

Turner said a day does not go by when he doesn’t think about what may have happened to his sister.

“It’s just a daily struggle,” he said. “Sometimes when I sit down to eat, I wonder if the people who took her are letting her starve or if she is eating well.”

For Christmas, Turner’s family is planning a candlelight vigil in her honor. “We will light candles and say a prayer before we sit down to dinner,” Jon Turner said.

Anne Turner is described as being 5-foot-4 inches tall, about 180 pounds and wearing a short, curly black wig she has used since undergoing treatments for cancer.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Anne Lynette Turner can call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887). Callers remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.