MPD: Foul play suspected in disappearance of 23-year-old Emily Rogers
Updated: 8:30 p.m. on May 3, 2022
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The search for a missing Milwaukee mother is stretching into a second week, and now police acknowledge her disappearance may not be voluntary.
Twenty-three-year-old Emily Rogers was last seen Tuesday, April 26. MPD is now classifying her as a critical missing person.
The Rogers family is still holding out hope Emily is alive, but MPD also announced there's reasonable suspicion to believe Emily is the victim of foul play.
Emily's mother Amy Rogers searched through the rain and cold Tuesday. She said, "I don't care if it's snowing. If my daughter is out here in the cold, I'm out here in the cold. If my daughter's hungry, I'm hungry."
Amy and her husband Terry Rogers searched through remote, wooded areas for any sign of Emily.
Police have not answered direct questions about a possible person of interest. But earlier in the day Amy said Emily's boyfriend is in custody. He's the father of her child but his family has not reached out to them. Amy said, "Their son is safe. They know where he is. He's in jail. But they haven't offered to help."
In the brief statement Tuesday, Milwaukee police said "Emily Rogers is a critical missing person. There is reasonable suspicion to believe her disappearance is not voluntary and/or she is the victim of foul play." But again, nothing about a person of interest.
Amy described her daughter as a country girl who moved more than 900 miles from Dennison, Texas to Milwaukee to be with her boyfriend.
In recent weeks, Amy begged her daughter to return home to Texas, saying Milwaukee was too dangerous. "She has family that needs her and misses her and wants her in Texas where it's safe."
Amy says police have not shared much information about the investigation with them, either, but they have been cooperative. On Monday MPD taped off Burnham Park as officers and K-9 units searched for clues. Amy said, "We saw them yesterday; they were all over it. I think we know every one of these officers by name now."
Amy said right now her plan is to just keep searching and praying, adding her daughter is a long way from home and out of her element.
And she urges other parents to hold their children close. "Give them a hug, tell them you love them. Because you don't know when it's the last time you're going to see them. You never know, so hold your babies close."
Amy is now caring for Emily's young daughter, who Amy says is as happy as can be right now.
The family is getting bombarded with tips on social media, but she's urging people to instead take that information to police.
Updated: 12:44 p.m. on May 3, 2022
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee police are searching for a 23-year-old woman and have reason to believe her disappearance is not voluntary and is the victim of foul play.
Police say Emily Rogers was last seen near 25th and Becher on April 26.
Officials are actively following up on all leads and request anyone with information regarding Rogers contact Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360 or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-Tips or P3 Tips App.
Published: 10:25 p.m. on May 1, 2022
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee police are seeking help in finding 23-year-old Emily Rogers.
She was last seen on 25th and W. Becher on April 26 at 4:30 p.m.
Police say Rogers has brown hair, brown eyes, medium straight hair, ears pierced and an unknown tattoo on her lower leg.
According to police, Rogers was last seen wearing a t-shirt, skinny jeans and black and gold Timberland boots.
If you have any information, please contact the Sensitive Crimes Division at (414)-935-7405.