Mother of missing girl feels ‘stuck in time’

While acknowledging that she was glad police were conducting a search for clues in the disappearance of her daughter almost 18 years ago, Laurell Hall said Thursday she felt as if police “didn’t do enough” when the woman went missing.

Her daughter, Cleashindra Hall, disappeared May 9, 1994. She was last seen at a house on Faucett Road where she did clerical work for Larry Amos, the owner of the house.

Thursday morning, police served a search warrant at the house. After searching for most of the day, police called off the search and said they did recover some evidence, the nature of which they would not disclose. No arrests were made and no one was taken into custody.

Police also refused to label Amos as a suspect or person of interest in the case, saying that no one is excluded until a viable suspect is identified and arrested.

Speaking to the media Thursday afternoon, Laurell Hall said “this has been a long journey.”

“Something as simple as searching the residence 18 years ago could have stopped this,” she said. “Larry Amos has not done enough to eliminate himself (as a suspect).”

Hall said Amos refused to allow members of her family or the police to search the house after her daughter disappeared, adding that Thursday was the first time a thorough search of the house and grounds had been conducted.

Asked by a reporter about her feelings, Hall said she felt as if she was “stuck in time,” explaining that the last time she saw her daughter, Cleashindra was 18. Friday would be Cleashindra’s 36th birthday.

“In my heart, she’s still alive but even if she’s not alive, I need to see some evidence,” Laurell Hall said. “Do you know how many sleepless nights I’ve had? When is the nightmare going to end?”

Laurell Hall said she received a phone call telling her that police were conducting the search, and came to see for herself.

“It’s time for him (Amos) to come forward and tell what he knows,” she said. “My daughter didn’t just walk off and disappear into thin air.”

Earlier in the news conference, police Lt. Bob Rawlinson said that if Amos provides information, the police will follow up on it.

“This is one more step to try and solve the case,” Rawlinson said.