Second Port Jervis woman missing

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Missing women from Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS – The search continues for missing Port Jervis woman Brittany Hendershot, a 20-year-old Port Jervis High School graduate (Class of 2019) who gave birth to a son on Mother’s Day (May 8, 2022), left home on June 12, and has not been seen or heard from in nearly a month – since July 7. 

Meanwhile, Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden has confirmed that another missing person report has been filed with the police department, this one for 28-year-old Port Jervis resident Heather Callas.

The mother of the first missing woman, Crystal Hendershot, asked for everyone’s help in finding my daughter Brittany, and any possible sightings,” Crystal said.  “We are very worried but will not think negatively.  We are hoping we find Brittany soon.”

Lee and Crystal Hendershot

Mrs. Hendershot said there have been reports of finding a credit card that belonged to Brittany, and that police were recently able to recover her daughter’s phone which had been sold to an out-of-state buyer.  She said there have been no credible sightings reported to her family, but have been told of some leads followed for women reported as resembling her daughter. 

The mother said police have kept her family informed daily, and recently took Brittany’s toothbrush to collect DNA as part of their investigation.

Brittany’s son is being cared for by Crystal and her husband, which is what Crystal said her daughter and the baby’s father asked them to do prior to Brittany leaving home on June 12.  While Brittany’s boyfriend returned to Port Jervis weeks ago, and has been questioned by police, no criminal actions have been tied to him regarding Brittany’s disappearance.

The second missing woman, Heather Callas, is reported by her grandfather to have been picked up from Big Pond Road and dropped off near Family Dollar more than a month ago.  

Her mother, Melissa Hadden, is asking for aid in locating her daughter.  “The community can help by reaching out if they have seen her, heard from her, anything, call the Port Jervis Police,” she said. “Her kids want her home and we want her home and we need her home.”

William Callas said his granddaughter was last heard from or seen on June 20th.  Callas has three children, ages seven, nine and 11. The r children are in the care of their grandparents.