Jovanna Crawford article

I found this article about Jovanna Stacey Crawford, who’s been missing from Bridgeport, Connecticut since June 5, 1981. (That’s the same Bridgeport where Carlina White was raised after her abduction. Doubt that has anything to do with it, though.) As far as I know, this is the first time Jovanna has been in the news in many years. There have been no new developments in her case, but it’s been close to thirty years now and the police are appealing the public for tips.

Jovanna’s mother’s boyfriend, Ronald Garrett, says a young boy he didn’t know came by the house and said Jovanna’s grandparents had sent him to pick her up. Garrett gave Jovanna to the boy and that was the last anyone saw of her. So went his story, but the boy was never identified and there’s no evidence that he even existed. Garrett was convicted of felony risk of injury to a minor in connection with Jovanna’s disappearance. He served a year in prison, but never changed his story.

Jovanna was only 19 months old when she disappeared. Assuming Garrett didn’t kill her, she may very well be still alive with some other family, like Carlina. The NCMEC made two APs for her in 2009 — with different hairstyles, and one with her mouth open, one with it closed.

17 thoughts on “Jovanna Crawford article

  1. Candice January 28, 2011 / 6:41 am

    It’s nice that a really old case gets new publicity. She isn’t even on the NCMEC anymore.

  2. Candice January 28, 2011 / 6:43 am

    Oh wait, yes she is. But they spell her name wrong :/

  3. maby its me March 8, 2011 / 11:21 am

    I think its me! I dnt know my parents I’m the same age and I look jus like her, what she would look like..

  4. maby its me March 8, 2011 / 11:24 am

    I hope its me so I can see where I come from! If u can please help me email me @ thanks I look just like this girl I’m 31 too and I never met my real parents thanks

    • Meaghan March 8, 2011 / 11:26 am

      I would suggest you call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s hotline number at 1-800-THE-LOST.

    • Dee May 8, 2011 / 2:39 am

      While I realize you posted this 2 months ago. If you really truly and dearly believe you could be Jovanna please contact Bridgeport Police or the NCMEC as Meaghan stated below! I would love to meet my cousin again!

    • Rokeem Shabazz June 6, 2011 / 7:15 pm

      Please call me…203-850-0487. I am her cousin and the boy…(Now Man) that Ronald Garrett initally said came and got Jovanna. If anything, I need some closure….

  5. Detective John Burke June 18, 2011 / 2:40 pm

    City of Bridgeport
    300 Congress Street Bridgeport Connecticut 06604 (203) 581-5180 Fax (203)332-5519

    (Maby its me) please contact me.

    Bridgeport Police Youth Bureau
    Detective John Burke
    Phone: 203-581-5183
    Fax: 203-332-5519

  6. tee sosa June 25, 2011 / 12:01 pm

    Well, the reason why i havent called the bridgeport police is because, i have lived my whole life not knowing where i came from or what a mom or dad would even be like, what if i wasnt her, i would be so devastated!.. how ironic that we look just the same, even my childhood pic, i got from a foster mother i look just like her, i seen pic of her mom it was like looking in a mirror, the local police station said, leave it alone it was fowl play involved and thats what i did.. but i will call who ever i need to, thankyou

    • Dectective John Burke September 28, 2011 / 7:47 am

      Bridgeport Police Youth Bureau
      Detective John Burke
      Phone: 203-581-5183
      Fax: 203-332-5519

      tee sosa call me, email me, we need your help

  7. Veronica June 28, 2011 / 1:33 am

    I understand your hesitation, but think of the flipside; what if you are her? So many people including yourself would be able to fill in pieces of a puzzle that have been missing for soooo long…I implore you to at least call and talk to someone – Detective Burke is a great place to start, and if a phone call is too scary then maybe start with an email or post to the Bridgeport Police Departments Facebook page or inbox…no pressure, but you deserve answers to your questions about who you are as well…even if you aren’t Jovanna, it would still be a step to finding out who your parents were…most police databases are linked with some of the same information, so I implore you to check it out…please…..

  8. Shantora Jefferson-Green September 27, 2011 / 3:16 pm

    I agree with what Veronica says… If you are her i would be your big sister. I have never or will never forget about Jovanna. Not a day goes by that i do not think about her and wish & wonder. if for nothing else you will have a definite answer to your question is this me ? I understand that no one wants to get their hopes up and then get hurt, but what if ? Please contact the detective !

    • Charlene January 10, 2019 / 7:41 am

      I’m Jovannas first and oldest cousin Charlene on her fathers side.We still thinking about like my cousin said and were waiting for her return. We love her and please contact the authorities. Don’t just do nothing u deserve to know who u are and where u come from. Don’t talk about it be about it.

  9. tee September 29, 2011 / 11:24 am

    Ok, I sure will..

    • Hoffic October 8, 2014 / 1:51 pm

      Tee Sosa we block out stuff in our lives that traumatized us,but can u remember any thing,being carried in the dark,or smell,blanket,light bldg is there anything that trigger you

  10. Kathy February 19, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    I would love to hear if this terrible story had a happy ending.
    Please let me know.

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