The Disappearance of Layla Santanello

Layla Santanello, 20, is a missing person from Kingsport, Tennessee. She was last seen on June 27, 2023. An Endangered Young Adult Alert has been issued in accordance with the Holly Bobo Act.

The Disappearance of Layla Santanello

On June 25, 2023, Layla told her mother, Jennifer Santanello, she was staying overnight at the Americourt Extended Stays Motel, 1900 American Way in Kingsport, Tennessee, with a friend.

On June 26, 2023, witnesses stated they observed her going door to door at the Americourt Extended Stays Motel. They described her as wearing a white tank top, black leggings, and no shoes.

On June 27, 2023, at approximately 12:00 p.m. an employee at the Marble Slab Creamery, in the East Stone Commons Shopping Complex at 2003 North Eastman Road, stated that they had a conversation with Layla. She told the employee that she was on her way to purchase a pair of shoes at the Five Below Store, which is also in the East Stone Commons Complex. This is the last known sighting of Layla. The most direct walking route from the Americourt Extended Stays Motel to the East Stone Commons Shopping Complex is by a trail called the Greenbelt Trail.

The same day, the Kingsport Police Department generated a missing person report for Layla. A family member filed one after they had attempted to contact her but received no response.

Multiple law enforcement agencies began their search. Drones and K9 units were deployed to search the surrounding area, but no evidence was uncovered.

The family has hired a private investigator hoping to find further information. In addition, they set up an anonymous tip hotline was set up, with any tips being diverted to the investigator.

On August 15, 2023, over 100 first responders searched the greater area of approximately 320 acres. Drones and underwater sonar were included in the efforts, yet no additional information was discovered.

The Last Known Description of Layla Santanello

At the time of her disappearance, Layla was described as a 20-year-old female, 4′ 10″ tall, weighing 135 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes. Layla was wearing a white tank top, and black leggings, and was not wearing shoes. She has several tattoos, including Roman Numerals, and her young daughter’s name, “Nova Grace”.

The family of Layla Santanello is offering a $2,000 reward. Investigators and Layla’s family ask that should anyone have any further information regarding the disappearance of Layla Santanello, please contact the Kingsport Police Department at (423) 343-9780 or (423) 343-9429. It can reach the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at (800) TBI-FIND (800-824-3463). The anonymous tip line for the private investigator is (423) 212-5804. Anyone can make here online tips.

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