Newport News, VA

5 years ago, a woman and her 8-month-old baby vanished after a trip to the beach. What happened to Keir and Chloe?

Fatim Hemraj

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On April 30, 2017, 34-year-old Keir Johnson told her mother that she was taking her 8-month-old baby, Chloe, to Buckroe Beach to spend the day with a friend. The beach was only a 4-minute drive from Keir's home in the 1900 block of Hastings Drive in Hampton, Virginia, however, According to The Charley Project, Keir and Chloe never arrived. Five years later, they remain missing.

Despite the fact Keir and Chloe were reported missing the very next day, a search did not begin right away. The authorities did not believe they were in danger after learning that Keir had taken a week off from her job at Smithfield Foods, a packing plant.

According to WTKR 3 News, the police did not send out an Amber Alert until May 11. Three days later, Keir's black 2013 Kia Optima was found abandoned in a trailer park at Jefferson Avenue and Arch Street in Newport News, roughly 10 miles from Buckroe Beach. The trailer park was searched and cadaver dogs were deployed, however, nothing was found.

According to Our Black Girls, Keir was 4'11" and 140 lbs with black hair and brown eyes at the time of her disappearance. She was wearing a t-shirt, blue jeans and Nike slides. Chloe weighed roughly 20 lbs and both of her ears were pierced. Today, Keir would be 39 years old while Chloe would be five.

If you have any information please contact Newport News Police Department at 888-562-5887. A $35,000 reward graciously donated by Smithfield Foods is still available.

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