by: Claudia Rivero
Wednesday, February 3, 2010, began like any other day for Janteyl Johnson. Her mother, Kyma, and older brother, Prennis, dropped her off at Glasgow High School in Newark, Delaware just in time for class. "We were playing tag in the car,” says Prennis, “she tagged me, then she ran out of the car and I chased her." The 21-year-old will never forget the last time he saw his little sister: "She looked back to see if I was still chasing her, I wasn't but she was smiling and that’s the last memory I have of her.”
Later that day Janteyl, who was five months pregnant, contacted her mother to let her know she was feeling sick and wanted to go home early. It was a short walk, less than a mile, to the Autumn Park Apartments on Winterhaven Drive. By all accounts, it appears that Janteyl stopped to buy a snack at what used to be a Pathmark supermarket located off Route 896---less than a quarter mile from where the family lived. According to sources, the store's surveillance video recorded the teen and she appeared to be alone.
What happened next is still unclear. Prennis, who was supposed to drive Janteyl to their family's church that afternoon, says when he arrived at the apartment the door was unlocked. Inside he noticed her shoes, purse and backpack but Janteyl was nowhere to be found. That evening, after countless calls and text messages to Janteyl went unanswered, her mother called the New Castle County PD. According to Prennis, officers used a police K-9 to search for Janteyl and also activated the automated alert system to notify the nearby communities but to no avail.
As previously mentioned, the NCCPD remains tight-lipped about this case, but in Where is Janteyl?Janel Kirby talks about the last call that came through her little sister's phone the afternoon of February 3, 2010.
What happened after that last phone call is still the biggest mystery of all.
More to come.