Tuesday night will mark one week since a young Hartford mother was last seen.
Family, friends and volunteers of 23-year-old Tashauna Jackson started searching Keney Park on Tuesday morning. Keney Park is about a mile from where Jackson was last seen.
Police said on Aug. 14, Jackson was seen getting into a car with a man outside her mother's home on Barbour Street. That's where loved ones and friends gathered Monday night for a vigil.
“We pray dear God that you send your loving power upon her family,” Rev. Henry Brown with Mothers United against Violence said.
They lit candles in the hope of finding Jackson soon.
"She never disappeared before. She loved her son. Her son is her everything,” Sha-Ron Blair, who is a family friend, said. “She would never run off."
Hartford police said Jackson was at her mother's apartment last Tuesday when she was picked up by a man in a truck around 11 p.m. She did not come home that night and she did not show up at her job the next day, police said.
Police said the man has been questioned, but no charges have been filed. They said detectives with Hartford Police Major Crimes Unit are also investigating the disappearance.
"We are concerned about her safety and it’s so unlike her,” Hartford Police Chief James Rovella said.
Among the tears, her family and friends said they are hanging on to hope that she will be found safe.
"We hope and pray for the best, but we’re prepared for the worst,” Rovella said.
Police were involved in Tuesday’s search, which will begin at 9 a.m. K9 units from Bloomfield, Manchester and state police assisted in the search.
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