A Kentucky single mother of two who frequently volunteered to search for missing people has disappeared.
Andrea Michelle Knabel, 37, vanished Aug. 13, after she was last seen walking around a Louisville neighborhood around 1 a.m. Knabel had just left a residence and called a friend to ask for a ride shortly after leaving the home, but she hasn’t been seen since.
“She was upset and she needed a ride,” childhood friend Maricia Kidd told local station WAVE. “Obviously she was trying to get a hold of people, maybe she got in the car with the wrong person.”
The Louisville Metro Police has launched a missing persons case to try to find the missing mom and friends and family have started the online effort Finding Andrea to gather information on the case and coordinate search efforts.
“Her phone is going straight to voicemail,” one post read. “She is a single mother of two and her children need her home.”
Those who know Knabel describe her as a dedicated mother who frequently volunteered her time with Missing in America—helping to search for missing children and adults in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
“Here she is helping to locate people and she comes up missing herself,” said Tracy Leonard, a private investigator and friend of Knabel.
Leonard described the missing mom as a “super” woman who helped him track down a missing teen about a year and a half ago.
Kidd said before Knabel disappeared she had a string of bad luck, including getting laid off from her job and having her car totaled in a hit and run.
Investigator Dan Washington told The Courier Journal that those searching for the missing mom had received several tips they are now following up on as they continue to try to piece together what may have happened to her.
“We’ve done numerous database searches and everything from different leads to different tips, different associates—everything and anything, pretty much,” he said.
Knabel has been described as 5’7” tall with light brown hair and weighing approximately 190 pounds. She was last seen wearing a light-colored tank top and white shorts.
Anyone with information about her current whereabouts is urged to contact authorities.
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