EXCLUSIVE: Missing Mom Of 'Idol' Contestant May Have Vanished By Choice

Jan. 20 2010, Published 4:24 a.m. ET

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Police in suburban Chicago, IL think that an American Idol contestant’s missing mother may be AWOL on her own accord, has exclusively learned.

After Idol contestant Angela Martin's mother, Viola Brown Martin, was reported missing on December 29, the family was frantic. Now, police are not so sure if Viola’s vanishing act wasn't by choice.

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“We are not 100 percent sure that she is not off on her own accord,” Glenwood Police Sgt. Derek Peddycord told “There are some sensitive issues that I am not allowed to discuss. Out of respect for the family, they’ve asked me not to have too much contact with the media.”

After having spent Christmas dinner with her family, Angela says her mother 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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The story of Angela’s mother disappearance was even more heartbreaking since her father was murdered two years ago.

Despite their apparent skepticism, Glenwood Police are still treating Viola’s disappearance as a missing persons investigation.

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“It’s an active investigation trying to locate her,” Peddycord said. “We got her picture out there and have canvassed the area several times.”

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As of now, no family members have heard from Martin, according to Peddycord.

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“As of yet, she has not been located,” Peddycord said. "We’re working with the family and other agencies in the area."

There are no "persons of interest" at this point.

A day after Martin was reported as being missing on December 29, police in nearby Dixmoor, IL. found her car. Martin has lived in Glenwood for about two years, according to Peddycord.

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.

This is Angela's second time on Idol. During 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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