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SPRINGFIELD, Missouri — “We want Haven to know she’s not in trouble. She’s not in trouble with the police. We’re not angry with her,” Jennifer Shelton said. “We just want her to understand she’s not in trouble.”

One month after the last contact with 19-year-old Haven Shelton, the search continues.


“I’m in Springfield today talking to community members and handing out flyers. We’ve been interviewing people and visiting them to see if they’ve seen my daughter Haven in the area,” Jennifer said.

Haven was last seen in Stone County, about an hour from Springfield, but Jennifer says the reason for searching the Queen City is based on some information they received.

“We have information that she may have hitchhiked to Springfield, and we believe she may be among the homeless, so we’re just trying to find out if anyone has seen her,” Shelton said.

According to Jennifer Shelton, medical implications are also an important factor in the search.

“Haven has a long history of mental health issues to the point where she is unable to make safe decisions for herself. She has never been in a position where she could be truly independent,” Jennifer said. “She also suffers from a seizure disorder. When she moved out of home, she didn’t take any of her medications with her. Our current assessment is that she is very confused and at risk of having a seizure at any time. So we are very concerned.”

Jennifer says Haven didn’t take her cellphone with her and was able to get some information based on previous Google searches, but she doesn’t believe that’s the reason for Haven’s disappearance.

Jennifer is not alone in her search.

OzarksFirst was able to confirm from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office that a detective has been assigned to the case and deputies are actively beginning the search.

On July 10, other Freeway Ministries volunteers spoke with OzarksFirst about why they are helping to find Haven.

“We love Jesus and we are called to love one another,” Stephanie Smith said. “This woman is in need and looking for her child, and we want someone to do that for us. So we support one another.”

Another volunteer, Michelle Houston, says her previous experience with the homeless community is an advantage in the search.

“I was homeless. I know a lot of homeless people and they trust us so they give us information when they see them,” Houston said.

“I think it’s important that we get the message out. There are a lot of people who don’t even know she’s missing,” Dawn Braham said. “We just want to educate the public so her picture gets circulated and people talk about it.”

Jennifer says the last 30 days have been stressful for the Shelton family.

“We’re having a hard time sleeping for more than a few hours at a time, but we’re holding on,” Jennifer said. “We’re just tired.”

She adds that the support from friends, authorities and even strangers has been tremendous.

“The community support has been incredible from the beginning. It’s hard to describe. We’ve had people looking for Haven. We’ve had people calling, people from other states. We’ve had people calling and donating to cover the cost of copies, gas, money, signage,” Jennifer said. “It’s really hard for me to even process this right now. It’s been really, really heartwarming.”

The search in Springfield will continue this week.

If you are interested in helping with the search, you can visit the Bring Haven Home Facebook page.