Wallet of woman missing for year found at Ypsilanti Twp lake

A family is hoping for answers after a Washtenaw County woman disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again.

After missing for a year, though, Tonya Jackson's wallet has been found at the edge of Ford Lake in Ypsilanti Township.

"For a year and some odd days, I've been wondering what happened to my wife, now we find this," says LV Jackson, Tonya's husband.

Her wallet and ID were found not far from where the couple lived with their four children.

That discovery sparked a search of the waters. The Washetnaw County Dive Team started looking for any sign of the missing 42-year-old.

And LV rushed to the lake the moment he heard.

Tonya disappeared a year ago on May 3. She told her husband she was going to meet some friends. He later learned she was heading out to meet her boyfriend, a co-worker, at the Knights Inn in Romulus.

Once they parted ways, FOX 2 is told Tonya disappeared.

A few weeks after May 3, came a possible break - a note found at an Ohio McDonald's, written on a piece of toilet paper asking for help. The note said she was in a red Chevrolet Cavalier with a man named John Samuel - but that lead grew cold.

"They told me that turned out to be nothing," LV said. "They weren't able to get any DNA off of that or anything off of that."

FOX 2: "Who's John Samuel?"

"Nobody knows," LV said.

As for the boyfriend and husband, police say both have been cooperative and ruled out as suspects.

Investigators hope the search by dive teams and sonar equipment would turn up another clue.

For the family of Tonya Jackson, it may start to help them get the answers they need.

"Hopefully though that, they can find out what happened to her, wherever she is," LV said. "It's pretty sad to find her stuff by the water, knowing she can't swim."

Dive teams were delayed due to Tuesday's stormy weather but they are expected to return to searching until about midnight and then start again Wednesday morning.
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