Cold Case Investigation: Disappearance of Londa Young

Cold Case Investigation: Disappearance of Londa Young

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Even though she never met her, not a day goes by the Jenny Cutler Arrington doesn't think about her mother Londa Young.

"I want to know things like... what was her favorite color? What kind of music did she listen to? Why was her nickname 'Silver' - because I don't know -- I just know her nickname was 'Silver,'" said Jenny.

But the one question that is surrounded by mystery -- is what happened to Londa? Jenny was just six months old when 19-year-old Londa disappeared. That was March 29, 1986.

"The story they told me was when I was little bitty -- the only story we had -- is she had went to the store to get some bread and she left me with the neighbors and never returned," said Jenny.

According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, Londa's live-in boyfriend reported her missing. The couple lived on Evelyn Street in Sulphur. He told investigators she was last seen walking down Evelyn Street around 3 a.m after an argument.

Investigators said Londa was known to be a wanderer. She was originally from Pensacola, Florida.

"She was said to be a wanderer. She was far away from home. She traveled all over -- even to Texas. At times, I thought she was a young mother when she had me and maybe she wasn't ready to be a mom and left," said Jenny. "However, when I had my first son and he turned six months old, it was a very emotional time for me. At that point I knew there was no way that she could have left me."

Cold case investigators did receive a tip in 2004 that Londa had been killed but that it was unreported at the time of her disappearance. The tip didn't lead them any closer to finding Londa. Nearly 30 years later Jenny's desire to know the truth hasn't changed.

In recent years Jenny reunited with her mother's family in Florida.

"They were very welcoming. It's like they didn't skip a beat. They just automatically took me in like I had been there for the past 20 years," said Jenny. "It makes it a lot easier to deal with ... the loss of my mother. Because now I know I'm not the only one who feels like this. There's a whole family that feels like that and they have the same questions that I do."

While the case gets colder by the year, Jenny believes it can be solved.

"I think there's somebody out there somewhere that knows what happened. So yes... there is hope that it could be resolved and they could find something. It's just a matter of if and when," said Jenny.

Jenny has given a sample of her DNA and it's now in a database to for comparison in the event remains are found.

Meanwhile, anyone with information that can investigators with this case is asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office 337-491-3700.

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