Volunteers search for missing mother

HOUSTON - Texas Equusearch has joined the search for a missing Southwest Houston woman.

The family contacted the volunteer group Wednesday after last hearing from Michelle Warner, 32, on September 21.

"Shocked. Obviously worried but right now," said Warner's uncle Russell Johnston. "I'd say I'm in a state of shock."

Warner's loved ones say she would never just disappear on her own. She has an 11-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son.

Warner started a new job as a paralegal just two weeks ago and was eager to get her first paycheck.

She reportedly left her apartment at the Regency Square Apartments in the Sharpstown area without her purse and without her car.

Her family says she lived in the apartment with her son and her son's father, but the two were not currently in a relationship. Warner also has an 11 year old daughter who lives with her father in Baytown.

Equusearch began canvassing Warner's complex Wednesday evening. The volunteers spoke with a few residents but told Local 2 they didn't come up with any substantial information.

"We kind of drove the area tonight to get a little bit familiar with it," said Equusearch director Tim Miller. "It's pretty congested, a pretty populated area."

Miller said volunteers plan to meet with Houston police officers early Thursday morning. They will then return to Warner's apartment complex to start showing her picture to residents.

Warner's family and friends are just praying for her safe return. "To just disappear and walk away from her kids and everything. Just no way," said Johnston with tears nearly in his eyes.

"Very outgoing. Always talkative, always happy," added longtime friend Stephanie Helton. "Can put a smile on anyone's face. When I think of Michelle, I think of just hyper and talkative."

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