Typhenie Johnson’s family, who have requested privacy through the investigation, speak out, through tears, for the first time Saturday at a press conference in Fort Worth.
“Thank you very much. We are very, very grateful,” Johnson’s mother, Deborah Johnson Stub said to the volunteers, police and everyone praying on social media. “We just want to bring her home. Hopefully, we’ll find Typhenie, and we’ll find her safe.”
From Iowa and South Dakota, her mother, aunt, uncles and cousins traveled to North Texas Wednesday to help with the search. They said Johnson is a talkative, wonderful person that is full of life.
“The support has been phenomenal — beyond words,” Johnson’s uncle, Mike Johnson, said. “These people don’t know us, but they’ve been putting in their time.”
The family will host a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. Saturday at Post Oak Village Park in Euless for anyone to gather and pray with them.
Christopher Revill, Johnson’s ex-boyfriend, was last seen with her Monday night at the Post Oak East apartments in far east Fort Worth near Texas 360 and Trinity Boulevard. Revill claims she left the apartments with someone else.
More than 100 police and volunteers searched more than 400 acres near Johnson’s apartment and Sandy Lane Park, the area surrounding Revill’s home at the 7500 block of Calmar Court.
Officials called off the search late Friday and said they will not search during the weekend unless they have new leads. Otherwise, police plan to resume their search on Monday.
Sgt. Marc Povero said that evidence from Revill’s phone led them to the places they’ve been searching but are hoping for new evidence to move the search forward.
The family will continue to search on their own Saturday afternoon and will start in the area of Trinity Boulevard and Texas 360.
Povero said there is a lot of ground to cover between the direction of Johnson’s apartment to Revill’s home, and he encourages the family to continue looking on their own. He also said that officers are always on the lookout and those in the area will search in between their calls, even though there is no active search.
Revill was arrested Tuesday and remained in the Mansfield jail Saturday on the kidnapping charge and a parole violation.
Johnson is not the first of Revill’s ex-girlfriends to go missing. Taalibah Islam, whom he also had a son with, disappeared in Fort Worth in 2006 and has never been found.
The Johnson family hopes that if anything good can come from this, other than finding Typhenie safe, they hope they can bring some closure to the Islam family.
Povero said that Islam’s case is an open missing person case and that if any leads come in through the current case, then that investigation may go in another direction.
Revill was convicted in Dallas County in 2008 of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, robbery and assault of a public servant. He was sentenced to five years in prison and was released in 2013.
Four months later, he was charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault in connection with an Everman case. He pleaded guilty in November 2013 and was sentenced to five years in prison.
He was released on parole in July 2015, according to state prison records.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
Anyone with information on Typhenie Johnson’s whereabouts is asked to contact police at 817-392-4430.