Randall Childs and Karen Young

Randall Childs and Karen Young (Photos courtesy of Crime Stoppers)

Vanished: Tips Wanted In Couple's Unexplained Disappearance

$2,500 reward offered in the case

June 15, 2018 - 2:36 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Seven years have passed since Randall Childs and Karen Young vanished without a trace -- and Crime Stoppers says family members are desperate for answers. 

The couple was last seen on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at approximately 11:30 p.m. at the Robert III Apartments at 3901 Grand River Ave. at Rosa Parks Blvd. on Detroit’s west side.

According to the family, Childs was in his apartment along with his roommate, visiting with Young, who was his girlfriend, and some other friends. At some point, Childs and Young began to argue and Young called her daughter to come pick her up. As it was dark outside and his apartment was on the 6th floor, witnesses said Childs decided to walk his girlfriend downstairs to be sure that she met her ride safely.

This would be the last time either one would ever be seen.

Childs attended Detroit's Northern High School, where he played on the baseball team and was a member of the choir. He loved to sing, and write poetry. Childs had been employed as a cook at Pasquales in Royal Oak, and also served as a neighborhood handyman when needed. He was a member at St. Marks COGIC, and the father to four children.

Childs is described as a black male, 5'9'' and around, 140 lbs, and was 50 years old at the time of his disappearance. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

Although Crime Stoppers says there is not much information known about Young, she is described as a black female, 5'3'' tall and around 140 lbs, and has a birthmark on her neck. She was 52 years old at the time of her disappearance, and was wearing black pinstriped pants with a cream colored top, a black neck tie and brown shoes.

With few clues in this cold case, Crime Stoppers says family members are hoping a tip from the public could help bring closure.

A cash reward of up to $2,500 is available. 

Anyone with information that could help investigators should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Tips may also be submitted online at this link, or by texting CSM and the tip to CRIMES (2746370). As always, tipsters may stay 100 percent anonymous, will not be asked their name, to speak to police or to testify in court.