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Family and friends search for missing Indianapolis mother

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Posted at 10:33 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 12:31:17-04

INDIANAPOLIS — On the west side of Indianapolis an army of men and women, some of them complete strangers, are going door-to-door to find Chenell Gilbert.

"Our mission here today is to look for Ms. Chenell missing since June 9," Danyette Smith, search party organizer, said. "We need answers. We want to know where she is and we're out here today to look for her and hopefully find something that can give us answers to where she is."

The substitute teacher, loving mother and grandmother was last known to be in the Sungate subdivision near Rockville and Girl School roads in the early hours of June 9. Smith organized the search party and is speaking on behalf of Gilbert's daughters who say their mother always stays in close contact.

"For her children, her friends, her family this is so unlike her," Smith said. "This is not her. They are extremely weary. We just need answers."

Gilbert was last seen wearing a black sweatsuit, with a black tote purse and braided hair. The group is asking anyone with information to contact police immediately so this mother can be back with her family.

"On behalf of her daughters, her daughters truly miss her they cannot wait until she returns home and each hour, each moment is agonizing and definitely scary for them," Smith said. "There is a full community, a full force. There's power behind this and we're here to use that power to look for her."

Anyone with information on Gilbert's whereabouts is asked to contact the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department at 317-327-3811 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.