Sue Banks, a Glen Rose resident, had an anniversary on Monday.
While most anniversaries are celebrations of life’s special moments, Banks’ anniversary was a somber one. It was four years to the day that her daughter, Jana Mann-Witt, disappeared.
Mann-Witt visited her daughter, Ashley, and granddaughter on Aug. 16, 2005. They talked about her granddaughter beginning school, Mann-Witt said she would be there to walk her into the classroom, but she never showed.
Several days later, Ashley visited Mann-Witt’s house in Nemo in search of her mother.
“Her shoes were at the door just like she had come in and kicked them off,” Banks said.
While Mann-Witt had left for several days at a time before, she always contacted her children to let them know she was alright, Banks said. Mann-Witt had three children, Chasity, 29, Ashley, 24, and Destry, 20.
“They were just very, very close,” Banks said.
Several days after the disappearance, Mann-Witt’s husband Ed Witt filed a missing person’s report with the Somervell County Sheriff’s Department. Witt chose not to comment on the matter.
Mann-Witt is listed on the North American Missing Persons Network, www.nampn.org, as an endangered missing person. She was 44 at the time of her disappearance, with a reported weight of 160 pounds, red hair and blue eyes. The Web site states that “she had displayed personality changes several weeks prior to her disappearance.” It also says that foul play is a possibility in the case.
“I would just like to know if anybody has any information,” Banks said.
Tests for DNA matches have been sent across the country in hopes of finding a match to Mann-Witt, but the family has had no luck. Mann-Witt’s social security number has not been used since her disappearance. All of her belongings, including her car, purse, medication and shoes were found at her home.
“If she had run off she would have used her social security card or something,” Banks said. “It’s not just a disappearance.”
According to Banks, a forensic team searched Mann-Witt’s home approximately one year after she disappeared, but did not find any evidence of a struggle.
“They can’t find anything,” Banks said.
For Banks and her grandchildren, the disappearance of their loved one still haunts them and they are all searching for closure.
“I would just like to know if anybody has any information,” she said. “I would just like to close it because of the girls (Mann-Witt’s daughters). I am all they have got. We feel like she is dead. We would like to find a final resting place.”
Banks keeps a record playing of George Jones and candles burning in her daughter’s memory, with hopes that she will either return or her case will be solved. Banks also began running classified ads several weeks ago, which state “Where is Jana Mann? Justice for Jana Mann.”
Any individual with information on this case should call the Texas Department of Public Safety at 1-800-346-3243.
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