A South Windsor mother has been missing for more than a week and her family is pleading that anyone with information come forward.
Jessica Edwards, the 30-year-old mother of a 7-month-old baby boy, was last seen at 7 a.m. last Monday.
"My sister is missing. My nephew is really practically without a mother right now,” Mario Edwards, Jessica’s older brother, said.
He said his sister would never leave her baby.
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Community advocates with the group Black Lives Matter 860 told NBC Connecticut they are now offering an $1,100 reward for information leading to Edwards. It’s money they’ve raised from community members.
They are also planning on giving away $25 to someone who helps them make the hashtag #findjessicaedwards trend on social media.
“We want her Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, wherever we can. We want people to use their voices, because you never know if it could be one of your loves ones next,” said Ivelisse Correa, chief financial officer of BLM860.
“When it comes to women of color there usually tends to be maybe a blip in the media and that’s it," Correa said.
They hope this attention helps find Jessica safe and sound.
“We want it to go viral. We want people to think about her, to look for her.”
Jessica went to her mother’s house on Mother’s Day and South Windsor Police said Edwards’ husband told them he last saw his wife last Monday morning.
He said she got into a car with friends to go to a training session at Hartford Hospital, but didn't see the car or know the friends, according to police.
Jessica called out of her clinical training at Hartford Hospital last Monday, police said. That message was sent at 2 a.m. Monday.
Her phone is off and her vehicle was left at her residence.
Hope Edwards, Jennifer's mother, said she and her daughter talk every day and she knew something was wrong.
"Everyday. That is how I knew something was wrong," Hope Edwards said.
She said she has checked her daughter's bank account and there has been no activity.
Hope Edwards fears that someone took her daughter. Through tears, she pleaded for her daughter's safe return.
"I need my daughter," Hope Edwards said.
Jessica was days away from graduating with her second degree when she disappeared.
In addition to her condo, police also searched three vehicles for evidence that might help police in the case.
Edwards’ family is pleading for help to find her.
They said she is a loving, caring woman who is devoted to her baby.
“This is completely out of character. My sister is someone who won’t even let her son sleep for too long without getting up and looking at him, to make sure he’s OK,” Jessica’s sister, Yanique Edwards, said.
South Windsor Mayor Andrew Paterna said the town is looking at all the resources they have to try and help in the effort to bring Jessica home safely.
The family organized a search for Jessica Friday in the area of the Riverfront Boat House in Hartford after. An organizer said she received three tips to search that area.
Police have searched the immediate area near where Edwards lives. They have used search dogs and searched by air, according to police. Sgt. Mark Cleverdon, of South Windsor Police, said investigators are need help from the community.
South Windsor police said Friday that a device belonging to Jessica was pinged to a residence in Hartford and investigators are working with Hartford police.
Edwards is around 5-feet-3 and weighs around 150 pounds.
Anyone with information on Jessica’s disappearance, or anything that would help narrow the search, should call 860-644-2551.
Anyone who would like to remain anonymous can submit a tip here or call the tip line at 860-648-6226.