From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham Police detectives are looking at every possible lead in the disappearance of a Trussville woman, according to Sgt. Johnny Williams.
Paighton Laine Houston, 29, was last seen around 10:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, at Tin Roof, in the 2700 block of Seventh Avenue South.
“She was last seen leaving the location with two heavy set black males,” said Williams. “It was reported that Paighton appeared to have left the location willingly with the two males.”
According to employees of Tin Roof, investigators with the Birmingham Police Department came to the location to obtain surveillance images from the bar. Williams said if detectives are able to obtain surveillance images from the area, there are several things they will consider before releasing the video.
“When you have a case like that, especially with video, you have to run it past the DA’s office, because if you have to use it at trial, you have to make sure you haven’t jeopardized the case in any way,” said Williams.
Houston sent a text message to a friend just after midnight on Friday stating, “idk who im with so if I call please answer. I feel in trouble.”
The Birmingham Police Department is the lead investigating agency in the case. The Trussville Police Department has offered assistance if needed.
“It depends upon how the investigation unfolds, whether or not our investigators will collaborate with other departments,” Williams said.
Houston was wearing ripped blue jeans, a coral-colored T-shirt and blue Converse shoes.
The family of Houston had plans to meet with detectives Monday. They have been advised not to release information on the investigation to the media but they did say they are doing all they can to find her.
“We just need a Christmas miracle,” said Charlaine Houston, Paighton’s mother. “Everyone loves Paighton. She has always kept in touch with us or her really close friend. We just want to find her.”
The family wants to keep Houston’s photo in the public eye so that everyone will know to be looking for her.
If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the whereabouts of Paighton Laine Houston, please contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-297–8413 or 911. If you have additional information on this investigation, contact Crime Stoppers (205) 254-7777.