Families of missing women plead with FWPD to keep searching
Relatives of two missing women who were last seen with the same former boyfriend, 10 years apart, want Fort Worth police to ask the state and FBI for help in the investigation.
Christopher Revill remained in the Tarrant County Jail Monday, held without bond on a parole violation hold, and faces a kidnapping charge in the most recent disappearance, that of Typhenie Johnson.
Johnson was last seen Oct. 10 talking with Revill outside the Post Oak East apartment complex near Trinity Boulevard and Texas 360. Revill was a former boyfriend and Johnson told him “that it was over” during that meeting, according to an affidavit.
Ten years earlier, Taalibah Islam, another of Johnson’s former girlfriends, with whom he had a son, vanished after taking her son to visit Revill.
In both case, Revill claimed the women left with unknown people.
He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, however, after police found clothing items belonging to Johnson in the back yard of his parent’s Fort Worth home, where he had been staying.
The Next Generation Action Network, a multi-cultural not-for-profit organization founded in August 2014, organized Monday’s news conference. The group’s website says its mission “is to lobby for social change and equality for all regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or age.”
Founder Dominique Alexander repeated during the news conference that the call for state and federal involvement in the case is not an attack on the Fort Worth Police Department. He said the Department of Public Safety and FBI have access to resources which could help identify other potential victims out there.
“This is just asking them to do what’s right and expand their resources,” Alexander said in an interview after the news conference. “We don’t know how many families are involved with this.”
Fort Worth police officials said in a statement that the department “sympathizes with the families” of both women. “We understand that the families’ emotions are running high and our officers, detectives and crime analysts are working diligently to bring them to closure.”
Added officials: “We ask for continued prayers of comfort and strength for these families as these investigations continue.”
‘Bound and determined’
Relatives of both Taalibah Islam and Typhenie Johnson spoke during the news conference.
Hadiyah Islam described her sister as smart and a tomboy who always wanted to fix loved one’s problems.
“She was beautiful. She was loving. She was everything,” Hadiyah Islam said before breaking into tears.
Hadiyah Islam expressed frustration that she has not heard from police.
“I have not gotten a call from the police department; neither has my older sister,” she said. “They’re not talking to us.”
Deborah Johnson, Typhenie Johnson’s mother, said she last talked to a Fort Worth detective on Friday, and that the detective assured her that while the case was at somewhat of a standstill, detectives were continuing the investigation and would not give up.
Johnson said she was alarmed when she learned that Johnson was not the first former girlfriend of Revill’s to go missing.
“It upset me a great deal that he was able to do this before. He was able to slip through the fingers of the law,” Deborah Johnson said. “We are bound and determined to stop him. We do not want this to happen to another family.”
Revill had reported Islam missing to Fort Worth police in January 2006, saying she had gotten into a vehicle with an unknown person and never returned. Islam was never found. The couple’s son has been raised by other relatives.
Family members of Islam say they believe Revill was behind Islam’s disappearance.
“There is no doubt in my mind that it was him,” Hadiyah Islam told reporters.
Hadiyah Islam said police previously told them that because they didn’t have a body, there was nothing they could do in Islam’s case.
“If they had listened to us 10 years ago, this would not be happening now,” she told reporters.
‘We’re not going to quit’
Deborah Johnson said the two missing women had several similarities, including troublesome relationships with Revill.
“There was a lot of jealousy, very controlling,” Deborah Johnson said.
Deborah Johnson said that according to messages her daughter would send family members, Revill would monitor what Typhenie Johnson wore and get mad “because she looked too pretty.”
“Both Taalibah and Typhenie were very beautiful women and we just want to have justice for them,” Deborah Johnson said. “We want to put a stop to Christopher Revill, the terror he is doing to women and their families.”
Typhenie Johnson’s twin brother, Asher Johnson, said that while police have called off organized searches for his sister, family members and members of the community are continuing to look for her daily.
“If it’s small or big, it doesn’t matter,” Asher Johnson said. “We’re going to do it every day until we get some answers."
He said off-duty officers and their families have even joined in some of the searches and that community members have donated water, flashlights and bug spray.
“It’s exhausting but we’re not going to quit,” he said.