No Sign of Florida Mom for Nearly a Week

Ex-husband to be interviewed
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2016 10:54 AM CDT
No Sign of Florida Mom for Nearly a Week
Tricia Todd has been missing since Wednesday.   (Martin County Sheriff's Office)

The search for a missing Florida woman who was scheduled to pick up her 2-year-old daughter from her ex-husband's house is now approaching a full week. Tricia Todd, 30, was supposed to collect the girl Wednesday morning, but ex Steven Williams says she never showed up; he then brought the child to a babysitter and left for military duty at an Air Force base in North Carolina, reports TCPalm. The babysitter later took the girl to one of Todd's brother's, and her family called police when she failed to turn up. Officers found her car—keys in the ignition, purse inside—near the home of her brother in Hobe Sound, where she was staying. Police say Todd had gone to Williams' house Tuesday night to drop off medicine for their daughter.

Authorities say Williams has been cooperative by phone, and detectives plan to travel to North Carolina to interview him in person. "The goal is to eliminate people from suspicion," says the Martin County sheriff. Todd, who hasn't showed up to her job as a hospice nurse, was known to take early morning walks, per NBC News. While her purse was found in her car, her cellphone and wallet were gone. In addition to the police effort, volunteers have been searching for her, and a Facebook page has been set up for sharing information. On Sunday, church members gathered for a vigil, WPBF reports. "I know God is good. I trust him completely," says Todd's mother, Rebecca Hasselbach. "I would really like to have her back and hopefully alive." (More Florida stories.)

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