By Claudia Rivero
I've been writing about Janteyl Johnson on whereisjanteyl.com since 2013. Today, the New Castle County Police finally added Janteyl to their list of cold cases. Although it's a good step, you may be wondering what exactly does it mean?
It means that more resources and a fresh pair of eyes will be focused on this case. In fact, many eyes—outside of NCCPD—have been focused on Janteyl since last year.
The information below is from the NCCPD website. It explains, in general terms, what criteria must be met before the Cold Case Homicide Squad re-examines a case.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also revealed a new age-progession image of what Janteyl might look like today at age 23.
You can follow my coverage of the case here and on TheVanishedPodcast.
Meanwhile, I'm following some interesting information and hope to have an update soon.
If you have any information about Janteyl Johnson, please do the right thing and contact the NCCPD Cold-Case Homicide Squad. You can remain anonymous. 302-395-2781 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. What if this was your daughter? Wouldn't you want someone to come forward?
A Year Later: Baltimore Family Fearful, Hopeful As Search for Missing Mother and Daughter Goes On
As millions of people enjoyed the Super Bowl, for the Clark family of Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 4 marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of their loved ones, Joanna and Shariece Clark.
A small group of family and friends held a candlelight vigil at the apartment complex on Round Road in South Baltimore where the young mom lived with her seven children. Joanna, 33, and Shariece, 15, vanished on the same day but at different times. Baltimore Police suspect foul play.
It's been a heartbreaking journey for the Clark family. The not knowing what happened to Joanna and Shariece. The many unanswered questions. The lack of tips to police. The family has their suspicions as to what occurred, but no arrests have been made.
I've covered this case extensively on this website. And although it was also recently featured on the CBS News website, Joanna and Shariece's case has not received any other national media attention. The Clarks believe more media coverage and a reward would help generate leads.
Someone knows what happened to Joanna and Shariece Clark, and they need to speak up. Do it for her six younger children who are now in foster care and face an uncertain future.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Baltimore City Police via text at: 4439024824
Janteyl Johnson, who was 15 and pregnant when she vanished on Feb. 3, 2010, would be 23 by now; her baby would be almost 8. What happened to them remains a mystery. There are still no named suspects and no arrests in connection with Janteyl's disappearance. It's as if this young girl fell off the face of the earth never to be seen or heard from again.
Although Janteyl did have a history of running away, it's clear, based on all the information we've gathered over the years, that if Janteyl left on her own, it wasn't with the intention of never coming back to her family. It makes no sense. It's absurd to think that a 15-year-old pregnant teen could pull that off on her own for this long. It's safe to say that something else happened, and the older man investigators believe she may have left with is out there somewhere. That person has never been inconvenienced. That person has never had to do much except decline to cooperate with investigators and refuse to take lie detector tests. Other than that, his life goes on.
This raises several questions. What else has the person responsible for Janteyl's disappearance done? What else has that person been able to get away with? Are there other victims? And if detectives believe that Janteyl and the older man traveled to Delaware or Pennsylvania, would the FBI be involved in the investigation since this crosses state lines?
What we do know for sure is that initially, the police focused on two investigative leads. One—a 27-year-old believed to be the baby's father—refused to cooperate with investigators. The other is an even older man who was also in contact with Janteyl the day she disappeared. This information is solid as a rock and confirmed with multiple sources.
Both of these older men had connections to a 15-year-old pregnant girl who disappeared and has yet to be found. Although there have been many twists and turns in the last eight years — especially over the last nine months — the case remains unsolved.
Anyone with information on the disappearance of Janteyl Johnson is urged to contact
1-800-THE-LOST or NCCPD at 302-395-8171.
Claudia Rivero Investigative Reporter/Producer