Insiders Update: July 30, 2015

Posted at 8:40 AM, Jul 31, 2015
and last updated 2017-12-13 05:24:32-05

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL)--In this edition of the Insiders, we have updates to two previous stories.

We look back at those struggling to make ends meet, living below the poverty line in Tallahassee.

The second story involves the cold case of Kamrie Mitchell, a young mom whose mother says she got caught up with the wrong crowd, which may have led to her disappearance.

WTXL ABC 27's Jade Bulecza and Paulo Salazar bring you these stories.

In a story we brought you in April, we took a look at the difficulties of trying to live and eat below the poverty line.

We quickly learned that food is only part of the battle to survive.

Raven Marlett told us she was scammed on Craigslist when she filled out a rental application and sent $400 via Western Union to rent a home in Oregon, money she never saw again.

Marlett was living in her van with her two young children.

 "We've even done something I hate doing," said Marlett. "We parked in the Walmart parking lot, asked for money from people."

Diana banks was in an abusive relationship, had a premature baby, lost her home, and her job, but found a temporary home through Hope Community, a program with the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.

Checking back in with both women, three months later, Marlett has moved to a travel trailer in Tallahassee with her children.

She says she's working with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities to get help for four-year-old Jessyka, who has autism.

Meanwhile Diana Banks has just landed a job at the FSU Chik-fila.

It's a case with more questions than answers. It involves drugs, a missing woman, and a convicted felon. In 2012, 24 year old Kamrie Mitchell goes missing in the Branford, Lake City area. According to Suwannee County investigators, a friend 35-year-old Andrelo Witcher broke into her home and got into an argument with her and her father Jeff Mitchell over prescription pills. The next morning Mitchell and her white Pontiac Grand Am were gone. In a matter of days, thanks to a Facebook post, her car was found abandoned. Law enforcement investigated all leads, yet no answers. Witcher has been questioned and denies any involvement in Mitchell's disappearance.

Meanwhile, cold case detective Kevin Allen out of Alachua County is also looking at Mitchell's case. He notices some similarities between her case and another missing person's case involving Witcher's ex-girlfriend Heather Maccrossen. Right now, Witcher, is behind bars serving a five prison sentence for home invasion and armed burglary. Allen believes Witcher may be involved in multiple cases and disappearances.

As for Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron, he thinks Andrelo Witcher knows exactly what happened to Kamrie Mitchell.

"My personal belief? Is yes, he knows something. Will he ever speak? I don't know. Will someone else who knows speak and come forward? We hope so."

August 25 marks the three year anniversary of the disappearance of Kamrie Mitchell. Despite the lack of fresh leads, law enforcement is still investigating the cold case. Mitchell's mother, Stefani Warden, continues to hold events in Lake City to bring awareness to the case by handing out flyers and talking to others, even releasing balloons on the day she went missing. Warden is planning a big event in August to signify three years since her little girl disappeared. As time ticks by, Warden is hopeful that someone will come forward with the answers she is looking for. If you have any information regarding the case, you are asked to contact the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office at (386)-364-3454.