Police in St. Petersburg held a news conference Tuesday regarding missing Florida mom Angela Jolley and her daughter Alexis in hopes of locating the two — and family on both sides exclusively told Your Content police have yet to help them trace the duo’s steps.
What’s more, loved ones only got wind of the news conference from watching it unfold live on national television.
“Someone needs to do something,” Desiree Cook, Alexis Jolley’s half-sister, exclusively told Your Content.
Jolley noted authorities have yet to dispatch a single officer to help them in their search … something the St. Petersburg Police Department confirmed to local outlets.
“I was not notified prior,” revealed Annie-Rae.
“Professional police work appears to be taking a backseat in this investigation,” a local watchdog told Your Content.
Police are asking the missing mom and daughter to call 911 so cops can close the file.
“We are pleading for them, if they are okay, to just call us and let us know,” said police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez.
“At no point in this investigation thus far have we had any reason to believe that Angela or Alexis have been harmed,” Detective Kevin Haemmelmann said at the news conference.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, police claim they will continue searching for mother and daughter until they can “verify” their safety and “rule out the possibility of foul play.”
The Times reports police do not know whether they are running from someone or something in particular. But detectives will keep searching for them until they are confirmed to be safe.
As Your Content readers know, clueless cops in St. Petersburg are accused of fumbling the missing persons investigation involving a mother and daughter who vanished over the weekend.
“St. Petersburg Police detectives handling this case have done a horrible job! As each day passes it becomes less likely they will be found,” Mark Rodrigo Grace said.
“The community can’t help if you don’t ask. So far it’s been family and friends doing all the work! The community should be outraged at how this is being handled; two missing women in our city is a big deal folks!”
“It’s time we call out the St. Petersburg Police for the sh*t show effort on this case. Two women missing and no press conference, no details and they can’t even give us the right color of the car they were driving.”
Both of their cell phones were found inside their home. Their family told police this is unusual behavior for them.
The two were last seen on July 22 at their home on the 4600 block of 38th Avenue North in St. Petersburg at approximately 11:30 p.m.
Family members say their two dogs – a Poodle, Anu, and a Bison, Alex, are with the two.
“I worked with Alexis the night she went missing,” said Trinity Davis.
“I basically was the last person to see her as I was the one to send her home. We talked before she left and she seemed fine.
“She told me we should meet up Friday or Sunday for a coffee date … That was basically all and I told her bye and I would miss her and she left. I wish I would have never let her leave that night.”
According to a missing person’s group, the two may be in Angela’s dark blue 2018 Toyota Camry bearing Florida registration Y33-DGE.
The vehicle has two stickers in the back window, one is a small round “VA” sticker and the other is a Wonder Woman sticker.
There is a small dent on back drivers side panel above wheel.
“I don’t think it’s possible that no one has any information. Somebody has to have seen something, heard something. Seen the dogs, seen the car,” Alexis’ sister Desiree Cook told Bay News 9.
Desiree also spoke to NBC 8, saying: “It’s not like her to just leave, for Alexis to just leave and not say anything to anyone.”
“She would normally say something if she was going on a trip and post pictures on her Instagram and she was always excited about going places especially with her mom.”
Family friend Craig Horton told the local publication that he just saw them last weekend.
“Last communication we had with her was Wednesday cause she was texting my wife, cause we were supposed to keep one of the dogs while they went to Maine. They were supposed to go to Maine on Tuesday,” Horton said.
“We were there when Lexi was born. We’ve seen her grow up. We’re just family, we did things together,” he added.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the missing mother and daughter lived with Angela Jolley’s stepfather.
He may have heard Angela and Alexis Jolley in the home Thursday morning, Cook said, but he did not see them.
Angela Jolley has worked at the VA Hospital for over a decade.
Detectives obtained video of both Angela and Alexis packing their car and two dogs early that morning.
At 6:52am, 22-minutes after she was supposed to show up at her job, Angela and daughter appear on surveillance video at the GTE Financial Bank located across the street from their home.
There Angela withdrew money and transferred some to different accounts.
When Angela did not show up at work, her boss went to her home to check on her but didn’t find her there. Her boss called police and reported her missing.
Investigators say there was no sign of a struggle or violence in the home.
Both women’s phones and other electronic devices were found inside the home.
Through various investigative techniques, police found that the pair passed through Valdosta, Georgia in Interstate 75 that morning.
Later, their vehicle was spotted in Columbus, Mississippi. Detectives believe the pair stayed in a hotel overnight in Mississippi before.
Angela’s car was last seen on the morning of July 25 entering Tennessee just south of Memphis, police said.
Detective Kevin Haemmelmann said that they have every right to travel away from the area without notifying friends and family.
However, he cannot rule out the possibility of foul play. The search for them will continue until detectives can verify Angela and Alexis are safe.