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Illinois Mother Vanished On Christmas Day 2009

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Viola Brown-MartinThe Charley Project

Viola Brown-Martin has three daughters, Latrina, Annette, and Angela. On Christmas Day 2009, their family celebrated Christmas at Viola's south suburban Glenwood, Illinois home. At the time, her daughter, Angela Martin, was competing on the hit television show, American Idol.

“At Christmas, my family is like wow, crazy fun," recalled Angela Martin, reports NBC Chicago. “We joke a lot. We sing a lot. My mom was the one who started to sing. She always started singing…she put church music on.”

All of her girls were there except Latrina, who was at home in Crete, Illinois, recovering from surgery, reports NBC Chicago. Later Christmas evening, Viola called her daughter Latrina and told her she would make the 15-minute drive to Crete to bring her a plate from Christmas dinner.

“I love you. See you soon,” Viola told her daughter, reports NBC Chicago.

Viola never arrived. On December 29, 2009, Viola's family reported her missing.

On December 30, 2009, authorities found her tan 1999 Chrysler Cirrus abandoned at a forest preserve in Dixmoor, Illinois. Her cellphone was on the seat, and her keys were missing along with Viola.

According to Police Commander Dion Trotter with the Cook County Sheriff's Department, they looked closely in the area where Viola's car was located.

“There was a lot of blight and a lot of drugs, “ Trotter told NBC Chicago.

According to NBC Chicago, a relative told the family he saw Viola walking down a street in Chicago years after her disappearance. The relative said by the time he turned his truck around and went back, Viola was gone.

“I don’t want to celebrate Christmas," Angela told NBC Chicago. “I cut my phone off. I don’t want to talk…so those celebrations are a thing of the past, at least for me.”

Viola has never been found.

Viola Brown-Martin was 5'2" and weighed 165 when she vanished.

If you have any information, please contact the Glenwood Police Department at 708-753-2420.
Viola Brown-MartinThe Charley Project

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