PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. — The search for a missing Omaha mother moved to a riverside wildlife area in Cass County on Thursday, with law enforcement combing the woods and the water for her body.
Omaha police and fire officials were at Schilling Wildlife Management Area along the Missouri River looking for Camisha Hollis, said Officer Phil Anson, an Omaha police spokesman. Hollis last was seen at her home Sunday night and has not contacted family or gone to work.
About 7:15 p.m., police announced that they had found her vehicle at an undisclosed location and would be processing it for evidence. They said it was not found at the Schilling wildlife area.
As darkness fell, Omaha Police Capt. Michele Bang said authorities were suspending their search for the evening.
Hollis’ body had not been found and the mood at Schilling was sober.
Police hope to find Hollis alive, but “we are worried the worst has occurred,” Bang said.
Searchers will be back at work Friday morning, but on a less intense basis in terms of the wildlife area, Bang said. It’s likely that they’ll also be looking farther downstream on the Missouri River.
“Oftentimes, we are able to find and recover folks,” she said of river searches.
Police would not say what prompted them to search Schilling, which is near Plattsmouth.
“We are still conducting follow-up on multiple leads,” Bang said. “This will not be, probably, the only location we may be searching until we find Ms. Hollis.”
Hollis’ boyfriend, Marvin L. Young, 36, appeared in court Thursday and was ordered held on $500,000 bail.
Young has not been charged in connection with Hollis’ disappearance. But he has been charged with neglecting the couple’s three children and resisting arrest.
Martha Hollis, Camisha Hollis’ mother, said after Young’s court hearing Thursday that she thinks he was “100 percent involved” in her daughter’s disappearance and that she fears that he has killed her.
A week before Easter, Camisha Hollis, 34, told her mother that she planned to leave Young because, she said, he was abusive and controlling.
Camisha, she said, “was tired of the abuse and she was gonna leave. She wanted to live her life, just her and her kids.”
On Easter night, a prosecutor said, Young gave his three daughters “sleep aids,” but the oldest spat hers out and stayed awake.
The 10-year-old girl told police that she saw her father that night holding a steel-toed boot, which she said he often used to hurt her mother. The girl told officers that before she fell asleep after midnight, she heard her father beat her mother.
The next morning, the children were alone. Young and Hollis were gone, officials said, along with Hollis’ red car and the oldest girl’s cellphone. Authorities found Hollis’ blood and two spent shell casings in the home near 56th Street and Hartman Avenue.
In interviews with Omaha police, officials said, Young has been erratic and uncooperative, resisting officers and smashing his head on a plastic thermostat in an interview room.
Martha Hollis said she keeps the television off to try to shield her grandchildren from learning what may have happened to their mother.
“They think that she’s on vacation. They think she’s coming home one day,” Martha Hollis said. “Some nights, they’ll have nightmares asking for their mom. They miss their mom so much.”
Martha Hollis said she hardly visited her daughter’s house because it was a “dark and negative” place because of Young. She said she didn’t know there was a gun in the house until after her daughter went missing. She said one of her granddaughters told her that Young kept a gun in the bedroom closet.
Martha Hollis said she has a strong faith and holds out some hope that her daughter could be found alive.
“A blessing is going to come through,” she said. “She didn’t deserve this, whatever happened. I just hope and pray that we’ll find her to give her peace if she is deceased.”