EXCLUSIVE: Cops Search For Missing Mom Of 'American Idol' Contestant

Jan. 20 2010, Published 9:35 a.m. ET

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Just two years after the brutal murder of her father, Season 9 American Idol hopeful, Angela Martin, has been dealt another personal crisis, with her mother disappearing at Christmas, just after a family gathering.

On Tuesday America watched as Angela was sent through to Hollywood after a perfect rendition of Just Fine by Mary J. Blige.  “It’s people like you, singers like you, which is why I like doing this show,” Simon Cowell told her, as the judges unanimously passed her though.

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But can exclusively report that Martin’s obvious joy at winning a coveted place in Hollywood is tinged with great sadness as the search for her missing mother continues, with no news surrounding her mysterious disappearance.

After having spent Christmas dinner with her family, Angela says her mother, Viola Brown Martin, got in her car for a twenty-minute drive to visit another daughter, but she never made it, and has been missing ever since.

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On New Year’s Eve police found Viola’s car near the south suburbs of Riverdale and Dixmoor, nowhere near her planned Christmas day destination.

In an exclusive interview with Glenwood Police Records Clerk Kim Johnston confirms the story, going on to say, "To my knowledge, she is still missing.  I haven't talked to the investigator about it, and I don't know what they've done. But as far as I am concerned, she is still missing."

This is Angela's second time on Idol. In Season 7 she got to the second round, despite the murder of her father just before her Los Angeles try-out.




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