Brenda Maria Jackson has been missing since January 3rd, 2016. The 32 year-old woman had served in the United States Army and was an Iraq war veteran. At the time of her disappearance, Brenda was living in Park Forest, Illinois, where she worked in the cafeteria at a local high school. On the evening she was last seen, Brenda's father dropped her off at her home around 9pm. About an hour later, Brenda spoke on the phone with her mother and mentioned that she was home alone at the time. She was scheduled to arrive at work around 5:30am the following morning, but she unfortunately did not show up. After numerous failed attempts to contact her, Brenda's family members reported her missing on January 5th, 2016.
Many of Brenda's personal items were found inside her home, including her purse, coat, and identification. Brenda also left behind six children. She did not have custody of the children at the time of her disappearance, however according to her mother, Brenda was a dedicated parent and was very loving towards her children. Brenda's oldest child was living with her first husband at the time, while four of the other children lived with Brenda's mother. The youngest child, who was only four months old at the time of Brenda's disappearance, was in foster care. Brenda's mother explained that Brenda had lost custody of the children after she refused to press domestic violence charges against her husband Antonio Jackson.
Antonio reportedly has a history of domestic violence. Although Brenda told her mother she was home alone when they last spoke, Brenda's NamUs poster states that Antonio was the last person to see her prior to her disappearance. Suspicions have obviously fallen upon Antonio for numerous reasons, but at this time he has not been charged with anything related to Brenda's disappearance.
Brenda remains missing today. There is a $3000 reward for any information that could lead to her whereabouts. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please contact the Park Forest police at 708-748-4701.