ST. GEORGE – The mother of a missing 19-year-old is worried her daughter may be in trouble.
Tammy McPhilomy said her daughter, Kristi Cordial, disappeared on Wednesday and no one, not even the teen’s best friends, has heard from her.
McPhilomy said she saw her daughter at noon when she came home for lunch. As she left to go back to work, her daughter walked her to the car and told her she loved her – something McPhilomy said struck her as odd. When she came home at 5:30 that evening, her daughter was gone.
“When I got home from work, there was a note on the counter that said ‘I’m so sorry. I love you,’” McPhilomy said.
Cordial doesn’t have a cell phone on her – another thing her mom said was odd.
“Her phone is always attached to her hand,” McPhilomy said.
But Monday, Cordial and her boyfriend threw their cell phones over the balcony and watched them break. Her mom said she doesn’t know why. According to McPhilomy, Cordial met her boyfriend in November. In December, he moved in with them. Two weeks ago, they broke up.
“She wasn’t upset (over the break up), which was also odd,” McPhilomy said.
But on Monday, the boyfriend, a resident of Washington, was back staying at their home, she said. He didn’t go to work for several days and told McPhilomy someone was covering for him. According to McPhilomy, he told his mom and a friend he was staying with that he had missed the bus and that’s why he didn’t go to work for two days. On Wednesday, he disappeared with Cordial.
McPhilomy said that the boy called his parents to say he was OK and that he wasn’t missing. But no one has heard from Cordial.
Yesterday, Cordial’s suitcase was found in her best friend’s back yard with her belongings in it. But still no sign of the two teens.
“My daughter is always with me,” said McPhilomy, who added that she and her younger children are unable to sleep or eat out of worry.
Cordial babysits McPhilomy’s children during the day, she said. Cordial does not have a car, a driver’s license or any money, her mom said. She said she doesn’t know how her daughter is surviving.
Although McPhilomy said her daughter struggled with drugs in the past, it was something she had overcome a long time ago. She said she hasn’t seen any signs that her daughter had done anything that could get her in trouble.
For McPhilomy, not knowing how her daughter is doing has been the worst part.
“It’s just not like her. She never ran away as a teen when she was out of control,” she said. “They’re adults. If she wanted to move out, she could have just told me.”
McPhilomy said she fears for her daughter and is hoping anyone with information will contact the St. George Police Department at 435-634-5000. She said she hopes that if her daughter is safe, that any awareness could help her daughter contact her family and let them know she is OK.
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