Milwaukee Police searching for missing mom and her daughters


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CNN/WITI) — Milwaukee police are looking for a mother and her two young daughters who were last seen Saturday.

The last time Valeria Skinner-Banks spoke to and saw her 26-year-old daughter Amarah Banks, and her granddaughters, was last Friday evening, after the funeral for Amarah’s one-year-old son Arzel that day.

“One of her sisters dropped her off. And that’s the last they saw of her, going into her apartment,” Skinner-Banks said.

Amarah — who goes by Jerica — was supposed to meet her sister for brunch Saturday morning.

The thing is, Jerica never showed up…skinner-banks says on Monday, five-year-old Zaniya didn’t go to school, and on Wednesday Jerica didn’t show up for her job at Froedtert.

“By the time Wednesday came, her dad and I woke up, and I went, ‘okay, something’s not right,'” Skinner-Banks said.

Skinner-Banks says there wasn’t anything amiss inside her daughter’s apartment. But no word, at all, as to where she is.

“She’s just the kind of person that’s very consistent. And for her not to get in contact with us, and not to let us know that something is wrong,” she said.

Milwaukee police said Banks and her daughters were last seen in the area of Sherman and Green Tree at around one Saturday morning, Zanity with long black hair, a black coat and a long sleeve shirt, and 4-year-old Camaria Banks with long braided black hair, blue coat with stars, a lion king shirt, and white pants.

“We’re all trying to be strong. We’re all trying to be positive. But, we’re a little nervous, and we’re all scared,” Skinner-Banks said.

Descriptions of the missing

Amarah “Jerica” Banks, 26, was described as a female, black, standing 5′ tall, weighing 130 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair, and unknown clothing.

Cameria Banks, 4, was described as a female, black, standing 2’5″ tall, weighing 50 pounds, with brown eyes, and long, braided black hair. She was last seen wearing a blue coat with stars, a Lion King shirt, and white pants.

Zaniya Ivery, 5, was described as a female, black, standing 2’5″ tall, weighing 50 pounds, with brown eyes, and long black hair. She was last seen wearing a black coat, and a long-sleeved shirt with a picture of a male sibling’s face on it.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Milwaukee Police Department Sensitive Crimes Division at 414-935-7405.

The trio has was added to the database for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


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