SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The mother of a Caddo Parish woman missing for nearly years is once again sharing a desperate plea to find out what happened to her daughter.
Crystal Beal was last seen on August 7, 2018 when she was allegedly dropped off in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhood. The Caddo Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate but detectives have said there have not been any new clues or information. In May, the sheriff’s office renewed their plea for tips and information.
Her mother continues to press for answers and shares the lengths she’s gone to try and find her.
“It’s been almost three years now and no one has heard a word from her. Nothing on social media,” said Melody Beal.
“We just want to know what happened to her. Good, bad, or indifferent. We need some closure. She has brothers, and she has a son. We just want this to be over.”
Melody reported Crystal missing on November 18, 2018. She was 30 years old at the time and Melody is now raising Crystal’s nine-year-old son.
“He worries about his momma because he was old enough when she left to know that she was his momma. When he asks is my momma dead I don’t know what to tell him. I can’t say, ‘Yeah,” because I don’t know for sure,” Beal said.
“Somebody knows and they can go tell somebody. They won’t get in trouble. Nobody has to know who said it. If someone would just tell somebody. Crime-Stoppers, the T.V. station, somebody.”
Melody said her daughter struggled with drug addiction and wonders if her case is taken less seriously because of it.
“I wonder if they’re looking for her at all. Crystal wasn’t perfect but I would like to think they’re looking for her as hard as they are looking for someone else. Just because she did drugs and had problems, it shouldn’t matter.”
After so long with nothing to go on, Melody has taken it upon herself to investigate her daughter’s disappearance, following her own leads and even going to known drug dealer’s houses.
“I’ve tried everything. I’ve beat on doors. I’ve talked to people. I’ve tried social media.”
Even when it’s costs her. About a year ago, Melody permanently injured her leg.
“I was at someone’s house thinking I could find her or find out some information and literally fell and I’ve been kind of crippled ever since.”
Melody says she’s even had to leave social media. She was getting fake calls and messages from scammers demanding money in exchange for information on her missing daughter.
“It’s too much for me mentally. It’s just too much and too many people out there telling falsehoods that lead me off in directions that I don’t need to go. So I’ve backed off from it, and I’m just in limbo. I just wait.”
At this point, Melody just wants closure for her family.
“If she is deceased, if I could get her body back so we could be done and have some closure. Because our life has been permanently changed and we don’t know how to get it back.”
Melody has submitted her DNA in case a body is ever found, she can be matched to her family. Anyone with information on Crystal’s disappearance is urged to contact the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office.