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Case Type: Endangered
DOB: Jan. 1, 1996
Missing Date: Dec. 4, 2014
Age Now: 18
Missing City: Detroit
Missing State: Michigan
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: Moody was last seen Dec. 4th at 7:30 p.m., leaving her friend’s home in the 3700 block of Baldwin.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Moody traveled to Detroit from Texas, where she was a student at the Texas Woman’s University, to visit a girlfriend and family for Thanksgiving.
According to police, Moody and the girlfriend she was staying with got in to an argument on Dec. 4th. The friend claims that Moody stormed out of the house without any of her belongings, leaving behind even her coat.
Moody’s mother is not buying the story that her intelligent daughter who is an honor roll student would run out of a house, leaving everything behind.
“I need to know what happened to my daughter that’s why I’m here,” Lisa Nichols said. “She just wouldn’t just leave and run away. She knows no one here. That does not describe her at all,” Nichols told Fox News Detroit.
“I’m just not believing that she would just get angry,” Nichols said. “Get into an argument and just leave.”
Detroit Police along with Michigan State Police are investigating the case. They have executed a search warrant at the home of the friend where Moody was staying but have not uncovered any evidence. My Fox in Detroit also reported that the friend Moody was staying with has been hospitalized with anxiety and other issues after the incident.
In a statement sent to NewsOne Texas Woman’s University said they were thinking about Moody.
“Texas Woman’s University extends our thoughts to the family and friends of TWU student Jasmine Moody, who disappeared in Detroit on Dec. 4. TWU is cooperating with the Detroit Police Department and the Michigan State Police in the investigation,” the statement said.
Moody’s parents say her daughter and the friend she was staying with had met on Twitter.
“My daughter is out there somewhere, and I hope she’s still alive but I don’t believe it because she would have contacted us,” said Moody’s father, Patrick Kidd, who is from Arkansas.
“I do not believe the story one bit. The truth is not being told. Something happened and I would like to know what it is,” said Nichols.
Detroit Police have received few tips on the case and are appealing to the public to come forward with information.
“I’m hurt and I’m still in disbelief, but this is real,” Nichols said. “If anybody knows anything please call the police department.”
Last Seen Wearing: A white University of Texas hoodie, blue jeans, and brown boots.
Identifying Marks or Characteristics: She has a tattoo of a flower on her stomach and a tongue piercing.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts or circumstances of disappearance for Jasmine Moody may contact Detroit Police at (313) 596-5752 or the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.