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Shawnee mother of two is missing; police suspect foul play

Samantha Weaver, 27, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, was reported missing June 15. Her mother says no one has heard from her since then, but she's hopeful Weaver is still alive.
BY ANN KELLEY akelley@opubco.com Published: July 28, 2012
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— Police are not confident a missing Shawnee woman is still alive, although her mother says she has not given up hope.

Samantha Weaver, 27, was reported missing on June 15.

“I'm going to believe she's alive until there's proof she isn't,” said Leona Dohren, 62, of Wisner, Neb. “I'm her mother, and it's too horrible to think anything else.”

Shawnee police detective Ron Wilson said Weaver had gone to a casino in Norman with friends. She left with a man she knew, who said he dropped Weaver off two blocks from a house in Shawnee.

Weaver sent a text message to the father of her two daughters on June 15, saying she would be at his house “in a bit,” but she never showed up. He reported her missing, Wilson said.

“For a young mother not to have contact with her kids for this long — something is not right,” Wilson said. “I don't think she's alive or she would have made contact with someone by now.”

Wilson said records show her cellphone hasn't been used since the day she went missing.

Dohren said Weaver would not have abandoned her daughters, ages 2 and 6. Weaver and the girls' father had separated. The children live with their father, but were with Weaver during the day while he worked.

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