St. Louis woman missing after train ride to Dallas
ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis family desperately searches for answers after their loved one goes missing thousands of miles away.
Dana Holt, 30, was last seen in Dallas on March 2, and none of her family and friends have heard from her since.
“It’s so scary to know that she’s thousands of miles away somewhere, and I have no idea where, and I can’t help it,” Dana’s older sister Audrey said. Clay.
Clay said his sister boarded an Amtrak train at the Gateway Transportation Center in downtown St. Louis around 7 p.m. on March 1. She took the train to Dallas.
It’s been an emotional two weeks for Clay — two weeks without knowing where his only sister is or who she’s with.
“I just feel like with each passing day it gets scarier and I get scarier and scarier. But I’m not going to find her,” Clay said with tears in his eyes.
She said Dana was last seen on surveillance video at Union Station Eddie Bernice Johnson in Dallas around noon on March 2. Clay said detectives in Dallas told him a strange man was seen on video approaching Dana after getting off the train.
“He approaches Dana and helps my sister with her bags. Then they walked to the south end of the platform and out of the field. That was it. I haven’t seen the footage yet,” Clay said.
Their mother, Deborah Holt, answered a phone call from Dana while in Dallas on the 2nd. The mother said Dana looked scared and was crying.
“She looked terrified and scared. I was like ‘where are you?’ She was like, ‘Oh my God. He gets out of the shower. I have to go.’ That was it. I couldn’t say I love you or anything,” Deborah Holt said.
“[Dana] said, ‘He won’t let me go. I can’t get anything back from my stuff,” Clay added.
Despite the distance to Dallas, Clay got in the car and drove to Dallas with her grandmother and wife. Once they arrived, they went to the station and started distributing flyers.
“I did everything we could. We put fliers everywhere we could think of. I searched the woods, the ditches, the strip clubs, all of it for four days,” Clay said.
Coffee Wright, CEO of Missing Person Task Force, Inc., a St. Louis-based nonprofit, said the first 48 hours are the most critical after someone goes missing. She said the family should return to Dallas and do as much legwork as possible.
“Parents, family, go back to Dallas. Go back to Dallas and start distributing flyers everywhere. Cover as much ground as possible. Invite as many people as possible to volunteer. You must be his foot soldiers. Also go on social media every day, every day, showing people his photos and making people care,” Wright said.
Clay said Dana had a blood disease and suffered from mental illness. She hopes many people will share her sister’s face and story and can help bring her little sister home.
“Anything you think would be a piece of evidence. I would call him. Maybe that’s one thing that opens our case wide,” Clay said. “Whoever has it, you’ve taken someone very close to us, and I won’t stop until I get my sister back.”
Police said Dana had blonde hair with dark roots and brown eyes. She is approximately 5’09” tall and weighs approximately 250 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black jacket and black pants. Her family also said she has very visible tattoos on her neck and thigh. chest.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 911 or the Dallas Police Department Missing Persons Unit at (214) 671-4268.
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