Rosewood Heights woman missing
November 04, 2010 1:27 AM
ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS - Authorities are looking for a 26-year-old woman who last was seen leaving her residence late Oct. 12.
The Madison County Sheriff's Department is investigating the disappearance of Crystal M. Terpening. She is described as white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds, with brown hair and eyes and a piercing on the right side of her nose. She also has her name, as well as a butterfly, tattooed on her neck.
Terpening had been living for the last two years with her boyfriend, Jeremy Crawford, at his residence in the 700 block of East Rosedale Drive in Rosewood Heights, Terpening's mother, Deborah Schooler, told The Telegraph on Wednesday. She said the two got together about two years ago.
Schooler, of Granite City, said Terpening kept in regular contact with her because Terpening and Crawford's 1-year-old son lives with Schooler.
"I waited, thinking she would call me," Schooler said. "She always calls (her son) and keeps in contact with him, and she hasn't called."
Terpening also kept in regular contact with her father, Matthew Terpening of Alton, and her grandmother, Joann Crafton of Godfrey, neither of whom has heard from her since Oct. 12, Schooler said.
Crafton last saw her granddaughter Tuesday, Oct. 12, when she accompanied Terpening to a court date at 2 p.m. at the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville. Crawford also accompanied Terpening, who does not have a car or a cellular telephone, to court, and she left with Crawford in a vehicle after her court appearance. Schooler declined to say why Terpening was in court, except to insist that it was not for a criminal charge or anything to do with Crawford.
"I'm very concerned; she just disappeared," Schooler said. "That's what her boyfriend said: 'She just left.' I don't know if someone picked her up, if she called anybody."
Schooler said Crawford said Terpening might have left the house about 11 p.m. on Oct. 12.
"He seems to think it was around 11 at night; he really can't give us much information," Schooler said. "He says he doesn't know."
Crafton tried to reach her granddaughter after the court date.
"My mom didn't contact me until Saturday (Oct. 15) after the court date and said she couldn't get a hold of either one of them," Schooler said. "He said he lost his phone."
When Schooler still didn't hear from her daughter, Schooler said she reported Terpening missing Friday, Oct. 22.
"There is at least one reported incident where she was gone for a brief period of just days in March, but she was in contact with family," Lt. T. Mike Dixon of the Madison County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday. "But it was nothing to this extent."
Schooler spoke about Terpening's father, as well.
"Her dad is also very concerned," Schooler said. "They have a very good relationship, and he hasn't heard anything from her, either."
Schooler and her co-workers have put out fliers, and Crawford has helped look for Terpening, she said.
"The problem here is there are no leads - nothing to go on," Schooler said. "It's just that she's gone, and no one has heard from her."
Crawford could not be reached for comment.
The Sheriff's Department is seeking the community's assistance in locating Terpening. Investigators ask anyone having information related to her whereabouts to contact the department at (618) 692-4433. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may do so by calling the Anonymous Tip Line at (618) 296-3000.http://www.thetelegraph.com/articles/schooler-46797-terpening-crawford.html