Virginia mother missing for two months arrested in Georgia

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Crystal Griffin Redd

BLACKSTONE, Va. – A missing Blackstone mother of two has been found, both Blackstone police and the family confirmed to WTVR.

Crystal Griffin Redd, who hasn’t been seen by her family in over two months, was picked up by police in Georgia on Tuesday.

She was wanted in Virginia on embezzlement charges.

The mother of two was last seen on surveillance video taking money from the safe of a local Food Lion, police said.

Thousands of dollars disappeared.

“She’s seen on video leaving with what we believe is the money, and she comes back in a short time later to finish up her shift, and then she leaves for good,” said Blackstone Police Chief Nick Kuzmiak.

Redd disappeared without a trace on November 20 and never made contact with her family or children.

Crystal’s mother, Sandra Griffin, said investigators said her daughter is okay and a man was with her at the time of her arrest.

Her boyfriend who lived with her, Jim Bravis Redmond Jr., also hasn’t been seen since November.


This mother wanted her daughter, Crystal Griffin Reed, to let them know she is okay.

Family members said, back in December, Crystal has never been in trouble with the law and these events are completely out of character.

“I think something made her snap, something scared her,” Griffin said of her daughter. “I know you think the best of your children, but I don’t think she had any intentions when she went to work that day to do this.”

She said almost none of Crystal’s belongings are missing from her home.

However, everything belonging to Redmond is gone.

“That’s concerning me – that only a few items that she decided to take with her. I thought she would have taken more,” Chief Kuzmiak said.

Redmond is not facing any charges by local police.

But, he is wanted by the U.S. Army, and they have him listed as a deserter since 2013.

If you have any information to help police, please contact Blackstone Crime Solvers at 434-645-7111.

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