Milwaukee police need help in search for missing mother, daughters: 'Something's not right'

MILWAUKEE --  The Milwaukee Police Department is asking for the public's assistance with locating the following missing persons.

    Amarah Banks is described as a female, black, 5' tall, 130 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair, and unknown clothing.

    Zaniya Ivery is described as a female, black, 2'5" tall, 50 pounds, with brown eyes and long black hair. She was last seen wearing a black coat and a long sleeve shirt with a picture of a male sibling's face on it.

    Camaria Banks is described as a female, black, 2'5" tall, 50 pounds, with brown eyes and long braided black hair. She was last seen wearing a blue coat with stars, a Lion King shirt, and white pants.

    Banks and her daughters were last seen in the area of N. Sherman Boulevard and W. Green Tree Road around 1 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 approximately. Their mode of transportation is unknown.


    Completely out of the ordinary, the 26-year-old mother is usually in near-constant contact with her family -- who hasn't heard from her in days.

    Valeria Spinner-Banks

    The last time Valeria Spinner-Banks spoke to and saw her 26-year-old daughter Amarah Banks, and her granddaughters, was last Friday evening, Feb. 7, after a funeral for Amarah's 1-year-old son, Arzel.

    "One of her sisters dropped her off, and that's the last they saw of her, going into her apartment," Spinner-Banks said.

    Amarah, who goes by Jerica, was supposed to meet her sister for brunch Saturday morning, Feb. 8. The thing is, Jerica never showed up. Spinner-Banks said on Monday, 5-year-old Zaniya didn't go to school, and, on Wednesday, Jerica didn't show up for her job at Froedtert Hosptial.

    "By the time Wednesday came, her dad and I woke up, and I went, 'Something's not right,'" said Spinner-Banks.

    Froedtert Hospital

    Spinner-Banks said there wasn't anything amiss inside her daughter's apartment -- but no word, at all, as to where she is.

    "She's just the kind of person that's very consistent," Spinner-Banks said. "For her not to get in contact with us, and not to let us know that something is wrong.

    "We're all trying to be strong. We're all trying to be positive. But, we're a little nervous, and we're all scared."

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Milwaukee Police Department, Sensitive Crimes Division at 414-935-7405.