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Texas police seeking help from public in three missing person cases

Lubbock Police are seeking the public’s help in information leading to the whereabouts of 33-year-old Jeffrey Hargrove.
Lubbock Police are seeking the public’s help in information leading to the whereabouts of 33-year-old Jeffrey Hargrove. Courtesy

Police agencies in three Texas cities are seeking the public’s help finding three missing people this week.

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Dallas Police are searching for 42-year-old Mercy Johnson Covington. Dallas Police Department Courtesy

In Dallas, police want information on 42-year-old Mercy Johnson Covington, last seen a year ago, on Nov. 9, 2015, around the 1600 block of Fuller Drive in Dallas.

At the time of her disappearance, Covington was 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed 120 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. Her clothing description is unknown, police said.

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Lubbock Police are seeking the public’s help in information leading to the whereabouts of 33-year-old Jeffrey Hargrove. Lubbock Police Department Courtesy

In Lubbock, 33-year-old Jeffrey Hargrove was reported missing by his mother on Monday but police said she last heard from him Saturday night.

Hargrove is a Texas Tech student described as 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds with having blonde hair and blue eyes.

Police said he never checked out of a hotel where he was staying and his belongings, including his phone, wallet and keys, were still there.

His family flew in from South Florida to help with the search and said it’s out of character for him to cut off communication, according to EverythingLubbock.com. Detectives are investigating and following up on leads.

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An Amber Alert is active for 16-year-old Kristen Fritch, last seen in the Baytown area. Baytown Police Department Courtesy

(Updated 4:30 p.m.)

The body of Baytown teen Kirsten Fritch, 16, was found Thursday afternoon, officials told Channel 2 news in Houston.

Fritch had been missing since Tuesday after police found her mother, 37-year-old Cynthia Morris, and her sister, 13-year-old Breanna Pavilicek, dead of gunshot wounds.

The vehicle description sent out with the Amber Alert was for Morris’ PT Cruiser, but it had been located by Thursday, along with Jesse Dobbs, a suspect in the case.

Dobbs is being held on an allegations of resisting arrest after he was found in Texas City Tuesday night, police said.

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson

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