WEATHERFORD — The family of a missing Weatherford girl says the recent, grim news that three women were held captive for years in a rundown home in Ohio has actually given them hope.
JaRay Wilson disappeared in October and hasn't been seen or heard from since.
Her family thinks she could be in a situation where she is being held against her will, like the women found Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.
The women in Cleveland and a young child born to one of the victims while in captivity were forced to live, for the most part, in separate bedrooms on the second floor of a home owned by Ariel Castro, a longtime resident of the neighborhood.
Authorities have said the women were abducted in the early 2000s and were held against their will for roughly a decade before one of them escaped and called police.
One of the victims told investigators Castro impregnated her several times during her ordeal. She said Castro starved and beat her to her to force miscarriages.
The women also told investigators they were first chained up in the basement before they moved upstairs. The women were only allowed out of the house twice during their captivity, one of them said.
‘It gives you hope'
Despite the horrific details of the crimes Castro is accused of committing against the women and small child in Ohio, the parents of JaRay Wilson are actually somewhat hopeful following the revelations.
Jara Wilson, the 16-year-old Weatherford teen's mother, said she and her husband, Rodney, have “never lost hope.”
“But it does make you have more hope,” she said of the news out of Ohio. “It shows you never, ever give up.”
Jara Wilson said her daughter was last seen Oct. 14 by a group of friends who dropped her off at an apartment complex near the university in Weatherford. She said investigators have taken her missing daughter's old cellphone, her iPad and her computers but that no useful clues have been found.
JaRay Wilson's cellphone, the one she was using at the time of her disappearance, has not been found. It also hasn't been used since Oct. 14.
No response on cell
“Every time they ping it ... nothing,” her mother said.
The missing girl's mother said she doesn't think her daughter ran away or disappeared voluntarily because they had been in contact every day leading up to Oct. 14.
Jara Wilson said she and her husband had also bought JaRay a new Ford Mustang and their daughter was due to get her driver's license just days after her disappearance.
“I know my daughter,” she said. “If she was just out there, she would have contacted me by now. I know she would.”
Since her daughter's disappearance, Jara Wilson said she and her husband have followed up on numerous leads in the case, even traveling to Las Vegas when one tipster was sure JaRay was living in Nevada. She said law enforcement efforts have produced no results, either. “We've heard tons of rumors, we check out every little tip we get,” Jara Wilson said. “But, it's all been made up, or it's been girls that kind of look like her.”
How to help
Anybody with information about the whereabouts of JaRay Wilson is asked to call the Custer County sheriff's office at (580) 323-1616.