Missing Clarksburg woman's daughter says search continues

Joanne Ringer was 'upbeat' when daughter last spoke with her


PITTSFIELD — Wednesday marks nearly three weeks since 39-year-old Joanne Ringer was last seen or heard from.

The search continues for the Clarksburg woman, whose 2001 green Volkswagen Jetta sedan was found in Easthampton on March 6.

Ringer's 19-year-old daughter, Savanah, said not only is it unusual for her mother to be out of contact with friends and family for that long, but she was upbeat and excited about a new job and was encouraging her to apply as well.

"She always keeps in touch and if she takes off it's for a night or two, to go hang out with a friend or something. She always tells someone where she's going. She always keeps in touch with her friends," Savanah Ringer said.

She said she last spoke to her mother two days before she was reported missing.

"We talked on Tuesday morning and she was very excited to start her new job. She wanted me to start working with her," she said.

The night she went missing, Ringer was headed to Easthampton to begin that job, working for a taxi company, but never arrived.

"She didn't come home that night either," Savanah Ringer said, and added her mother was very upbeat and optimistic about the new job following a period of unemployment.

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Savanah said she has full faith in the police investigating the disappearance and speaks nearly every day to the detective in charge of the case.

She said, based on how her mother treated her friends, she's not surprised by the outpouring of support from the public who have been circulating flyers, sharing information and had organized a candlelight vigil.

"I expected everyone to be there, because she has such a large group of friends and she's always there for them and everyone loves her," she said.

"Her friends are like her family," she said. "Everyone she meets, she's nice to."

"I'm still urging people to call and report if they think they've seen anything," Savanah said. "I want to make sure people are still aware of what's going on."

"It has been 20 days and she's still not home," she said.

Joanne Ringer is described as a white female who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has brown eyes, but may be wearing colored contact lenses. Her hair is brown with blond or purple highlights. She has tattoos in assorted places including the full length of her right arm, specifically a female image spanning from elbow to wrist. She also has assorted piercings over her face and torso area.

Anyone who has seen or spoken to Joanne Ringer or knows of her whereabouts is asked to call the Massachusetts State Police, Cheshire barracks at 413-743-4700 or the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office at 413-499-1112.

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.


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