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STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA /11-8-2017) Stillwater resident Darian Hudson, a 23 year old female, went missing on October 22, 2017. Family members have not had any contact with Darian after this date. Since going missing Darian has not shown up to work; which is reported to be out of character for her. According to family, Darian was in the process of moving back to Wichita, Kansas to live with her parents when she went missing.

Darian is a black female with light skin tone. She is 5ft-3in. tall and weighs approximately 120lbs. She has a tattoo of a feather and 5 birds with the script “Birds of a feather flock together” on the back of her right shoulder.

Family and friends said Darian does not have a vehicle. It is possible Darian may be suffering from a mental health crisis. Darian has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as a missing person.

If you have any information on Darian’s whereabouts please contact Detective Mary Kellison with the Stillwater Police Department at 405-742-8357. You can also call our tip line 405-742-8327 or dispatch at 405-372-4171.



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My first question is "why is this just now coming out?" She's been out of contact for quite a bit of time...

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I'm in the same boat. Maybe LE was reluctant to classify her as a missing person since she's 23? They may have thought that she left on her own, but after over 2 weeks passed, they finally realized something was wrong. It's unfortunate because that's a lot of lost time that could've been spent looking for her.
Family and friends have told police she is possibly suffering from a “mental health crisis.”

"There was information that she was possibly moving back to Kansas but we don’t have anything to confirm that. She had just paid up on her rent here, so there’s nothing for us to believe that she was getting ready to move immediately," police said.

OCT 31, 2018
Missing in Kansas: Darian Hudson
At this point police have no leads indicating what has happened to Darian or where she may have gone after being seen on the 26th.”

Darian was in the process of moving to Kansas.

Family and friends told police that Darian does not have a vehicle. She may be suffering from a mental health crisis.
Missing in Kansas: Darian Hudson
Detectives in Stillwater followed up on multiple leads, and through their efforts, were able to track Darian’s movements through the evening of Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. On that date, she was last seen sitting in a wooded area and walking toward an intersection northwest of Stillwater.

“A Human Recovery Dog and handler were brought into the area on Monday, December 4,” Stillwater Police shared online. “For two days they searched a large portion of the wooded area south, east and west of the intersection. Some of her belongings were found abandoned in the area but Darian was not located. At this point police have no leads indicating what has happened to Darian or where she may have gone after being seen on the 26th.”
Darian Michelle Hudson


  • Missing Since 10/22/2017
  • Missing From Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Age 23 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'3, 120 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white t-shirt, blue jeans and possibly a dark-colored coat.
  • Medical Conditions For unspecified reasons, Hudson's loved ones believe she may have been going through a mental health crisis at the time of her disappearance.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Hudson has a tattoo on the back of her right shoulder consisting of a large feather, five small birds, and the words "Birds of a feather flock together" in script underneath. A photo of the tattoo is posted with this case summary. Hudson's nicknames are D and D-Baby. Her ears and nose are pierced.
Details of Disappearance
Hudson went missing from Stillwater, Oklahoma on October 22, 2017. She was sighted on the evening of October 26, walking toward the intersection of Country Club and McElroy northwest of town. She left all her belongings, including her cellular phone, behind at her home in the 500 block of west Fifth Street, and has never been heard from again.

After Hudson's disappearance, authorities found her hooded sweatshirt and her wallet, which contained money, identification and credit cards, but there was no indication of her whereabouts. She had been working as a server at Chili's Restaurant on Perkins Road for about two years, and it's uncharacteristic of her to miss work.

At the time of her disappearance, Hudson was in the process of moving back in with her parents in Wichita, Kansas. She didn't have a vehicle at the time of her disappearance. The circumstances of her case are unclear.

Darian Michelle Hudson – The Charley Project
Authorities are working to identify a body that was found just outside the Stillwater city limits on April 16 by people hunting for morel mushrooms.

Payne County Under Sheriff Kevin Woodward said the mushroom hunters stumbled across what they thought looked like human remains in a wooded area south of 19th Avenue, across from the Countryside Mobile Home Park. They went to the Stillwater Police Department to report their discovery.

Because the area is outside SPD’s jurisdiction, the Payne County Sheriff’s Office was called in to investigate.

Woodward said the skeletal remains belonged to a person of slight build and at first it looked as though Darian Michelle Hudson, a 23-year-old Stillwater woman who has been missing since Oct. 22, 2017, might have finally been located, but that is not the case.

This skeleton appears to be male.

Payne County Sheriff seeks ID on skeletal remains found near Stillwater

The last time anyone saw Darian Hudson, she was sitting atop construction equipment at a corner outside Stillwater, looking like she was waiting for someone to pick her up.

In the two years since then, detectives say, there has been no hint of her existence. No sightings, no contact with family or friends and no activity on her social media accounts.

Although all explanations of the then 23-year-old’s disappearance remain possible, including that she vanished of her own accord, the circumstances are suspect.

She disappeared the week of Oct. 22, 2017, and Stephanie Hudson, Darian’s mother, said she last contacted her family on Oct. 21, 2017, when she said she wanted to move back home to Wichita, Kansas.

Four days later, Darian’s friends were “blowing up” Stephanie Hudson’s phone, saying they couldn’t find her.

Hudson and her husband drove to Stillwater the next day and went straight to the Police Department. They couldn’t file a police report because it hadn’t yet been 48 hours since they knew of her disappearance, so they found themselves canvassing her neighborhood and taking in the eerie normalcy of her home.

The door was open, a light was on and dishes were in the sink, Hudson said, but there was no crime scene to be found. They filed a missing person report with the Police Department on Oct. 28, 2017, and the investigation began.

It began with few leads, but about a month in, detectives were alerted to an attempted use of Hudson’s credit card at a hotel in Oklahoma City, Watts said.

Officers traced the attempt to a man who told them he took the card from a purse he stole from a construction site in Stillwater. At the time, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church was under construction at McElroy Road and Country Club Road, northwest of Stillwater.

The man told police Hudson’s purse was hanging on a drainage pipe as he and his co-workers drove from the site, so they took it.

Detectives visited the site and interviewed numerous workers, two of whom remembered seeing a woman matching Hudson’s description on Oct. 26. One said she was sitting on the ground in a wooded area south of the church and that when he went to check on her, she only stared blankly.

They alerted their boss, and a group of them went to check on her again, but she would not engage with them, Watts said.

A man who lives east of the church told police he saw Hudson later that day talking with his grandchildren after she came out of the woods.

The only other information police have is from another nearby resident, who said he saw a woman matching Hudson’s description sitting on construction equipment at the site late in the evening, looking like she was waiting for a ride.

“After that, nothing,” Watts said.

Watts said police interviewed as many workers at the construction site as they could, but reaching all of them was virtually impossible with the numerous contractors and subcontractors and poor records of who was actually there.

In early December 2017, after the credit card tip led them to the wooded area, police brought in dogs and drones to search for Hudson, but they found only some of her belongings.

She remains the department’s only outstanding missing person case.

Most missing person cases are eventually resolved or lead off with a witness seeing a person walking in a certain direction or getting into a car, Watts said, but in Hudson’s case, it appears she simply ceased to exist.

“You always want to find the person alive,” Watts said. “At this point, we just don’t know. Anything is possible. It just seems to me that if she had run away, by now something would have surfaced somehow, someway. None of this makes sense. Somebody knows something.”

Watts said Detective Mary Kellison collaborated with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s Cold Case Unit to feature Hudson on a Cold Case Playing Card in the hopes of generating a new lead.

The cards depict cold cases of homicide victims, unidentified victims or missing persons, and they are distributed to area jails and prisons in the hopes that an inmate has heard something while incarcerated. As Watts said, “They talk.”

Detectives remain committed to following up on any information that may surface.

“We know this family needs closure,” Watts said. “We really want to be able to provide them with that.”

A former softball player at Langston University, Hudson was going through a rough time while working as a waitress at Chili’s in Stillwater, her mother said. She had broken up with her boyfriend, had a miscarriage and lost her beloved dog, Zig.

“Even though we would talk every day … and she would say that she was OK, I don’t believe she was,” Stephanie Hudson said.

Every day she doesn’t know where her daughter is is a nightmare, she said. She wonders about her safety, wonders whether she’s hungry and wonders whether someone is hurting her.

Darian’s younger siblings, a 23-year-old brother and 19-year-old sister, are the only things keeping her going, her mother said, because she wants to be strong for them.

“I believe that she’s still out there, and I’m going to continue to believe that until someone tells me otherwise,” she said.

Hudson said she hopes anyone who knows of Darian Hudson’s whereabouts will do the right thing and come forward.

Hudson is described as a 5-foot-3, 120-pound light-skinned black woman with black hair, brown eyes and a tattoo of a feather and five birds with the words “Birds of a feather flock together” on the back of her right shoulder.

Vanished without a trace: Tips sought in case of young woman's disappearance from Stillwater

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