Severed Foot Found in Pond Belongs to Missing Indiana Mother of Five Najah Ferrell

The desperate search for an Indiana mother of five came to a sad end when authorities confirmed Wednesday that a severed human foot found in a pond belonged to her.

The Avon Police Department confirmed this week that the foot – found in a retention pond more than 100 miles away from where the woman was last seen – was that of Najah Ferrell, 30, who went missing on March 15, local stations Fox 59 and WGN 9 in Chicago and the Associated Press report.

Two fishermen called authorities on April 8 when they reeled in the severed foot on the shore of the pond in Crown Point, which is 130 miles northwest of Avon, said Avon Police Department’s Deputy Chief of Investigations Brian Nugent at an April 10 press conference.


The FBI is examining the remains for clues as to what happened to Ferrell, Fox 59 reports.

Ferrell was reported missing after she failed to show up for work on her third day at Panera Bread in Indianapolis, where she was due to participate in new employee orientation.

Her black Nissan Altima was found abandoned more than a week later, on March 26, in Indianapolis near the Panera where she worked.

Some of her belongings were found along the interstate, WGN 9 reports.

Her mother, Paula Gholson, made a tearful plea for information on the case at a March 28 press conference.

Her daughter, she said, “should be here with her boys. They’ve never been without their mother.”

A devoted mom of two biological children and three foster children, Ferrell’s disappearance is highly unusual, Nugent said.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, KC Baker