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Friends search St. Petersburg park hoping to learn more about missing mother, daughter

Organizers said on Facebook, "We all need to help bring this momma and daughter home safely!” They were last seen on Wednesday night.

ST. PETERSBURG — Friends of Angela and Alexis Jolley launched a search from a park near the women’s home Sunday morning, worried about why they disappeared.

The mother and daughter were last seen at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at their St. Petersburg home, police said.

Angela, 46, did not go to work Thursday. Alexis, 19, had the day off. Both of their cell phones were found inside their home. Their family told police this is unusual behavior for them.

The women could be in a dark blue 2018 Toyota Camry. The car likely has a round decal for parking at the Bay Pines veterans hospital in the rear window and a Wonder Woman sticker, said Alexis Jolley’s half-sister, Desiree Cook.

The license plate reads Y33DGE.

A post on a public Facebook group created to provide updates on the missing women called for volunteers to meet at Raymond H. Neri Community Park in St. Petersburg on Sunday at 9 a.m. to “drive around the area to search for Angela and Alexis.”

“Anyone interested in helping is welcome to join,” the post said. “We all need to help bring this momma and daughter home safely!”

Cook said the women’s dogs, a white Bichon Frise and another small white dog, are also missing.

Friends and family searched at a Starbucks the mother and daughter were known to frequent near the Bay Pines hospital, the parking lot at the Tyrone Square Mall and near the St. Pete Pier.

The park was chosen as a central location, close to the Jolleys’ home, from which to send groups to search other areas, Cook said.

St. Petersburg Police have a detective actively working on the case, a spokeswoman said, but were not involved in the volunteer search.

Friends and family gather at Raymond Neri Park in Petersburg on Sunday morning to search for a mother and daughter missing since Wednesday night. [ Spectrum Bay News 9 ]

Cook said the missing mother and daughter lived with Angela Jolley’s stepfather. He may have heard Angela and Alexis Jolley in the home Thursday morning, Cook said, but he did not see them.

Cook said the women had tickets to fly to Maine on Tuesday.

“It’s very, very odd,” Cook said. “They were going for two weeks to visit with Angela’s family there, to potentially move there.”

Stacy Tash, Angela’s first-cousin who lives in Maine, has been talking regularly with the lead detective since the women went missing. She and Angela are close, like sisters, she said. “We lean on each other a lot.”

They had talked for hours on the phone Tuesday night, making plans for Angela and Alexis’ upcoming visit. Angela talked about what she planned to pack and all the things she wanted to do while in Maine.

”I don’t know what happened,” Tash said. “I’m praying that their car just broke down or, I don’t know, that they’re found soon and they’re fine. I can’t explain it.”

According to a Facebook post by a woman who identified herself as a long-time friend of Alexis Jolley, the younger woman graduated from Keswick Christian School in St. Petersburg and was attending Arizona-based Grand Canyon University before the coronavirus pandemic.

Angela Jolley, the woman wrote, has worked at the VA Hospital for over a decade.

The women had attended Indian Rocks Baptist Church and Starkey Road Baptist Church in Largo, according to the post.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at (727) 893-7780, or text the information and keyword “SPPD” to 847-411 (Tip-411.)

Times staff writer Megan Reeves contributed to this report.

STILL MISSING: My sister Alexis Jolley and her mother (we have different moms) Angela Smith Jolley. I have included...

Posted by Desiree Cook on Saturday, July 25, 2020