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Foul play could be at play in the disappearance of 60-year-old Madison woman

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MADISON (WKOW)-- A month has passed since 60-year-old Nejay Redd was last seen at her apartment on Madison's East Side. Family members were in tears Tuesday afternoon when they voiced their message to the community that they haven't given up hope.

"We're looking for the public's help in finding my mom. I need my mom. It's been very hard," daughter Mamie Redd says.

Madison detectives say Redd suffers from dementia and doesn't speak English. They are investigating her disappearance as both a missing persons cases and an act of foul play.

"We seem to be leaning towards, did somebody do something. Because we're not coming up with anything trying locate her on her own," Madison Police Detective Julie Rortvedt says.

The family has spent the last month printing T-shirts and fliers with Redd's picture on it and even held a community rally to inform residents about her disappearance. Madison police have conducted searches using K9 units, horse-mounted patrols and thermal imaging, but so far they haven't found any evidence that shows where Redd might have gone.

"Every day and night I pray that she's still alive out there," grandson Theo Redd says.

Detectives say there is no evidence to suggest that somebody broke into her apartment, but the fact that
she left without her shoes or her purse, something family members say she always had with her, is very concerning.

"We are lacking a lead in the case. That's why we're trying to come forward to see if we can come up with, it might be something very small to somebody else, but it might be the key to the case," Rortvedt says.

Detectives say they might even bring in the state Department of Criminal Investigation or the FBI to help. It all depends on the types of leads they receive over the next few days.

Detectives are asking for your help as well. Anyone with information about Redd's disappearance should call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.


MADISON (WKOW)-- Madison police are still looking for 60-year-old Nejay Redd who went missing on September 15th. She was last seen at an apartment on Rethke Avenue on Madison's East Side.

On Tuesday, Redd's two daughters, along with the Madison police detective working on the case, will give an update on the situation. Community members have organized search parties and a special rally to help find this missing woman. Redd is a Liberian immigrant who doesn't speak English. Officials say that she suffers from health problems including dementia.

Tune in at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. to WKOW 27 News as Gordon Severson shares the latest information in this concerning case.
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