Toni Anderson, a 20-year-old student at UMKC, went missing early Sunday morning after she texted a friend that she was being “pulled over again.” According to police records, the Wichita, Kansas native was pulled over by the North Kansas City Police Department, but investigators are unsure of where she went afterwards.
She was last seen on Sunday, January 15, and her mother says it’s not like her daughter to be out of contact with her loved ones.
“It’s not like her. She’s social. You pretty much always know where she’s at,” Liz Anderson told KHSB. “It’s just been a horrible nightmare. And I know any parent going through this is just horrified.”
Pete Sanchez, Anderson’s boyfriend, told WDAF-TV, “She’s a great person, really nice. We’re all worried sick for her. Every time I leave the house, I hope the next face I see in public is going to be her.”
According to friends, Anderson was last seen at a club that she worked at. She left Chrome, a strip club where she worked as a server, at 4 A.M. and sent her final message at 4:42 to a friend named Roxy Townsend that read, “Omg just just pulled over again.”
According to police, Anderson was pulled over for making an illegal lane change. She told officers she was almost out of gas and he gave her directions to the nearest station, where he allegedly “watched her actually go to the QuikTrip” and pump her case.
Surveillance video shows her trying to withdraw money from the ATM twice. She left the gas station at about 4:40 A.M., then texted her friend about being stopped by police.
Authorities said that her car also has a tracker on it installed by an insurance company, but they have not yet obtained the records that show where she has been.
“It’s a simple device installed in the vehicle,” her father, Brian Anderson, told KWCH-TV. “It constantly emits a signal so we’re kind of dumbfounded that it’s now 48 hours later and they still don’t have access to that information. We don’t understand, it’s after multiple contacts by ourselves and the police department.”
In order to help speed the process along, Anderson’s boyfriend started a GoFundMe account to higher a private investigator.
“I’m sorry for the confusion but this is her boyfriend using her account to gain info and spread awareness. Even if you think the info you can share has been said or thought of please don’t hesitate to message,” he wrote on Facebook. “I’m talking to as many people as I can via twitter and snapchat so if I take long to get back I’m sorry but I read everything. Thank you everyone for your support.”
Sanchez surpassed his goal of $3,000 by $200 on Tuesday night, so he made a new goal of $5,000. The rest of the money will be put towards a reward and to help the Anderson family with any additional expenses.
He has asked people to use #BringToniHome to spread information about the case.