Search continues for a missing mother

Search continues for missing Shelby County mother

(WMC-TV) - Friends of a missing mother in Shelby County said she would never leave for an extended period of time without taking her children or calling to let them know she's safe.

Police issued a City Watch for 31-year-old Karen Thomas, who goes by her middle name Denise, on Monday.

Tuesday, friends and family formed a circle in front of Thomas' home in Raleigh to pray for her safe return.

"We just want Karen to come home," said family friend Nyesha Brown.

According to friends, Thomas is in the middle of a divorce from her husband, Terrence Thomas. In addition, friends said Thomas would never leave unexpectedly for some time away.

"She wants to be around everybody. She's the life of the party. She wouldn't take time from her kids," said Brown.

Thomas has a 14-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter.

"You always hold out hope because you never want to think the worst of anything but then you also have to face reality, you have that in the back of your head also," said search participant Tawanna Vaughn.

Vaughn is no relation to the Thomas family but wanted to join the search after her cousin, 21-year-old Jackie Miller, went missing in 2010 and was later found murdered.

"Something is not right about it. I'm going to say that. Something is not right about it," said Brown.

Thomas is 5'6", 95 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans when she disappeared.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call the Memphis Police Missing Persons Bureau at (901) 636-4479 or (901) 545-2677.

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