Newport News Police at “critical phase” in missing mom, daughter case

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Newport News Police Chief Richard Myers held a "Keeping Newport News Safe" press conference Wednesday morning.

Keir and Chloe Johnson

Missing since April 30, Chief Myers first talked about the case of missing Kier and Chloe Johnson.

“This is a very emotional case and our department is committed to solving this," the chief said.

He mentioned 19 personnel from six different divisions are actively working on the case.

Chief Myers wouldn't go into details about where they are in the case, calling this a critical phase of the investigation.

After the meeting, News 3 spoke with Johnson's mother, Rhonda Crews, about her missing family.

“I feel like I didn’t protect her because I don’t know where she was at. I can’t even find her," Crews said.

The Johnson's were last seen leaving their Hampton home on April 30 in her black Kia Optima.

The car was found abandoned two weeks later.

“I really, really, want her to come on home now. It’s been a long time. I’m kind of worried now. It’s making me really nervous," Crews said as she cried.

Police are urging the community to come forward with any information that can help Crews.

“I want to issue a call to action to the community. We know that there are people out there who know where Keir and Chloe are. We need to hear from you," Myers said.

The chief went on to discuss their efforts to remove guns from the city's streets.

Since April, the chief said they've recovered 175 weapons.

This includes 134 handguns and 26 revolvers.

The NNPD Violent Crimes Reduction Task Force is also making strides.

They've collected about 400 grams of cocaine and made more than 200 arrest since April.