Tampa Police issue alert on missing Brandon woman
(Tampa Tribune) TAMPA, Fla. – It’s just not like Apryl Foster to disappear without warning, to stop communicating with her parents and to leave her three beloved cats with no one to feed them.
The parents of the 33-year-old Brandon woman who disappeared after being last seen Thursday morning in Ybor City implored the public for help Monday in locating their daughter.
“This just isn’t her,” Peggy Beman about her daughter. “So we know something has happened. So if you can, keep your eyes open for that red car.”
“It’s very suspicious,” said Police Chief Jane Castor.
Police are looking for Foster’s 2009 red Chevrolet Aveo with Florida license plate number K12 5YC and a Huskers plate on the front.
Craig and Peggy Beman flew to Tampa from Texas to assist in the search for their daughter, making tearful pleas for information on her disappearance. Craig Beman said the couple would pay $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to their daughter’s whereabouts.
“We’ve never not talked in a day,” Peggy Beman said.
“Her cats were her children, absolutely her children,” the distraught mother said. “There’s no way. I mean, you have to even feed them a particular way at a particular time. She was avid. Those were her children because she didn’t have any children.”
About 2 1⁄2 months ago, she said, her daughter was feeling overwhelmed and decided to take a break. She called her mother and told her she was going to a particular hotel in Orlando to clear her head and would be turning off her phone for awhile. She called all her friends and told them the same. She told her mother she would turn her phone back on in the afternoon and call her. “That’s how informative she was.”
Foster works as a server and trainer at Ulele restaurant and last worked there Wednesday night. She left work around 11 pm. and went to a club in Ybor, the Bad Monkey, Castor said. At about 11:30 or 11:40 pm., she went next door to the Double Decker, where she sang karaoke all night, leaving around 2:20 Thursday morning.
The last time Foster used her phone was around 2:19 from the Double Decker, where she made a call and a text. Castor said Foster had left her phone inside and called the phone looking for it. She went inside to retrieve it.
Peggy Beman said her daughter considers her cats her children and would not leave them without being fed.
She called and texted her parents frequently, last communicating with her mother Wednesday night.
Foster has lived in Tampa about two years, her mother said. Before that, she worked at the Lani Kai in Fort Myers, where she sang on the beach and was entertainment director for 10 years, her mother said. Peggy Beman said her daughter’s former boss said she never missed work in all those years.
Foster was supposed to work at Ulele on Thursday, but never showed up. “She was sick at Ulele one time not too long ago because she had the flu,” Peggy Beman said. “She called me and she said, ‘I’m scared to death because I served the mayor and Richard Gonzmart and I have the flu. What if I’ve given it to them?’’’
Foster was looking forward to helping Gonzmart open a new Italian restaurant he’s planning and hoped to one day sing in Tampa, her mother said.
Her last conversation with her daughter, she said, was fairly innocuous – discussing how she could fix a broken windshield wiper on her car.
Castor said Foster apparently just met the person she was karaoke singing with on Wednesday night. Police found him at 3 am. and got him out of bed, and he was very cooperative, she said. Investigators have viewed surveillance video showing the two leaving the nightclub, heading in opposite directions after chatting and exchanging information.
Castor said police have been working tirelessly to find Foster, even flying a helicopter over any route she may have driven home to Brandon from Ybor, but did not see any evidence of a car accident or where she may be. They have also interviewed friends and acquaintances, including Foster’s estranged husband and her boyfriend, and have not learned anything to assist in determining where she may be or what might have happened to her, Castor said.
Police checked with hospitals, and likewise turned up no evidence, the police chief said. They’ve checked for any activity on bank accounts and have found none, Castor said. They’re waiting for the return of subpoenas with her credit card accounts.
Police have issued statewide alerts for Foster and her car.
Anyone with information should call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.