HOUSTON – The search continued Friday for a young mother from Spring who has been missing since Sunday. Harris County homicide detectives are "fairly certain" 20-year-old Amber Elkins was a victim of foul play.
Elkins called her father Sunday evening, but she didn’t answer when he tried to call back an hour later, according to a friend.
Elkins' mother said Amber texted her early Monday saying she needed gas money. When she tried to call Amber, a man answered her phone, hung up and turned it off.
She hasn't heard from her since. Amber had been living with her mother and frequently checked in.
On Tuesday, deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department found Elkins’ green Chevrolet Trail Blazer behind a car wash in the 13900 block of Homestead Road near Humble. The front passenger window had been smashed in and there was a lot of blood in the car.
"Just from the amount of blood we have, it’s clear that somebody is seriously injured if not dead," said Harris County sheriff’s detective Ben Beall.
Homicide detectives were called to the scene and the blood was sent in for testing to determine if it was from Elkins.
Investigators have searched Greens Bayou near where Elkins' car was found. They have also searched the area by helicopter.
Elkins is about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. She has two stars tattooed on her wrist and the word "Ace" tattooed on her ankle.
Elkins is the mother of a 9-month-old daughter named Ava Nicole. The baby is with her father, according to Elkins' mother.
If you have any information about this case, please call the HCSO’s homicide unit at 713-967-5810 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).