#MISSING: Erica Crippen, 26 - Mount Laurel, NEW JERSEY (may be driving a red 2000 Ford Taurus with NJ plate)

Township police and the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office are searching for a local mother of two who has been missing since New Year's Eve.
Erica Crippen, 26, also known as Erica Crosby, was last seen in the area of her home on the 5200 block of Aberdeen Drive, Prosecutor's Office spokesman Joel Bewley said Friday. 
Crippen has two daughters, infant Kay'lee and 7-year-old Amirra. They are staying with relatives.
Her sister, Janiya Crippen, 22, of Camden, said she last saw her sister two weeks before she went missing, but regularly spoke to her on the phone. She said she received a text message Jan. 1 that said, "I'm just really busy. I'm going on vacation."
"I figured she didn't want to be bothered," Crippen said.
But Crippen fears the worst.
"We're just praying that we'll find her dead or alive," she said.
According to Crippen, the family spoke to Erica Crippen's husband, Kyle Crosby, on Wednesday. She said he told the family he had not seen his wife for two days, but did not file a police report. A cousin filed one that day, Crippen said.
"That's the last time anybody has heard from him," she said.
However, Bewley confirmed that police had spoken to Crosby, but the spokesman would not comment on whether police are aware of the husband's current location. Bewley also said Crosby had informed the police about his missing wife but could not comment on when he contacted police or whether he filed an official police report.
The family held a vigil to pray for Crippen at the Moorestown Mall on Friday.
The Prosecutor's Office said Erica Crippen has connections to Lindenwold and Voorhees in Camden County and to Sicklerville in Gloucester County. Janiya Crippen said Crosby has family in North Carolina.
Crippen's car, a red 2000 Ford Taurus, is also missing. Its New Jersey license plates are A26EFL.
She is black, 5 foot 2 inches tall, 115 pounds, with brown eyes, and long, straight brown hair with red tips.
Her sister said she is a full-time student at Burlington County College, studying medicine. Her husband works as a tradesman, Bewley said.
Janiya Crippen said that her sister met Crosby, 28, in high school and that they married in July. Crosby is the father of Kay'lee but not Amirra.
Kay'lee is in the care of Crosby's mother, and Amirra is with her father, Janiya Crippen said.
Anyone with information about Crippen's whereabouts is asked to call Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113 or the Mount Laurel police at 856-234-1414 or through Facebook
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