Family of missing woman and child hoping for the best

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) “I just want her to come home safe,” said the missing woman’s mother. “I’m hoping she’s driving here to see me.” Virginia Lee spoke to Newschannel 15 Friday night from her home in North Carolina.

Elizabeth Ann Kohns and her 18 month old son Jackson Arthur Landin, were last seen around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Police said they want to “ensure that both are safe and secure,” the department wrote in a news release Friday. They have asked for the public’s help to find the mother and son.

Kohns is described as a white woman, 5-feet-7 and 115 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing colorful leggings and a white-and-teal jacket over a gray sweatshirt. She may be driving a 4-door Jeep Wrangler with Indiana plate XNQ367.

Jackson is a white boy, 2-feet-8 and 15 pounds, with brown eyes and blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a blue, gray and white sweatsuit.

Police believe Kohns and Jackson are still in Fort Wayne at this time.

Virginia Lee says it is not like her daughter to go a day without talking to her over the phone. She also stays in close contact with her sister who lives in Hawaii. With each passing hour, the family becomes more desperate to find Elizabeth and Jackson. “I don’t know where she is or where she would go. Maybe she’s in a safe house,” said Lee.

Lee claims Elizabeth Kohns and Jackson’s father Zach Landin were in a tumultuous relationship. She added that Landin was abusive and at one time a protection order had been issued. Despite the order, according to Lee, the couple lived with their child Jackson in a home on the northeast side of Fort Wayne.

She said police have been in contact with her. Thursday, according to Lee, police traced Kohns cell phone to Waterloo, IN. But Friday brought bad news, a FWPD Detective told her the phone was “untraceable.” Lee contacted her cell company which informed her that could only happen if the phone had been destroyed or the SIM card had been removed.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Kohns and Jackson are asked to call the police department’s non-emergency communications line at 427-1222.


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