Typhenie Johnson’s family, which has requested privacy during the investigation into her disappearance Monday night, spoke out, often through tears, for the first time Saturday to reporters.
Johnson’s mother, Deborah Johnson Stub, thanked Fort Worth police, volunteers who have been helping with the search, and people who have been supportive on social media.
“We are very, very grateful,” she said. “We just want to bring her home. Hopefully, we’ll find Typhenie and we’ll find her safe.”
From Iowa and South Dakota, her mother, aunt, uncles and cousins traveled to North Texas on Wednesday to help with the search. They said Johnson is a talkative, wonderful person who is full of life.
“The support has been phenomenal — beyond words,” said Johnson’s uncle, Mike Johnson. “These people don’t know us, but they’ve been putting in their time.”
The family held a candlelight vigil Saturday night at Post Oak Village Park in Euless for anyone to gather and pray with them.
Christopher Revill, Johnson’s ex-boyfriend, was last seen with her Monday night at the Post Oak East apartments in far east Fort Worth near Texas 360 and Trinity Boulevard. Revill has told police that she left the apartments with someone else.
More than 100 police officers and volunteers searched more than 400 acres near Johnson’s apartment and Sandy Lane Park, the area surrounding Revill’s place of residence in the 7500 block of Calmar Court in Fort Worth.
Officials called off the search late Friday and said they would not search during the weekend unless they have new leads. Otherwise, police plan to resume their search Monday.
Sgt. Marc Povero said that evidence from Revill’s phone led them to the places they’ve been searching but that they are hoping for new evidence to move the search forward.
The family planned to continue to search on their own Saturday afternoon starting in the area of Trinity Boulevard and Texas 360.
Povero said there is a lot of ground to cover between Johnson’s apartment and Revill’s home, and he encouraged the family to continue looking on their own. He also said that officers are always on the lookout even though there is no active search.
Revill was arrested Tuesday and remained in the Mansfield Jail on Saturday on the kidnapping charge and a parole violation.
Johnson is not the first of Revill’s ex-girlfriends to go missing. Taalibah Islam, whom he also had a son with, disappeared in Fort Worth in 2006 and has never been found.
The Johnson family said that if anything good can come from their ordeal other than finding Typhenie Johnson safe, they hope it will bring some closure to the Islam family.
Povero said that Islam’s case is an open missing-person case and that if any leads come in through the current case, then that investigation may go in another direction.
Revill was convicted in Dallas County in 2008 of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, robbery and assault of a public servant. He was sentenced to five years in prison and was released in 2013.
Four months later, he was charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault in connection with an Everman case. He pleaded guilty in November 2013 and was sentenced to five years in prison.
He was released on parole in July 2015, according to state prison records.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
How to help
Anyone with information on Typhenie Johnson’s whereabouts is asked to contact police at 817-392-4430.