Family desperate for answers 1 year after young Pittsburgh artist vanished

PITTSBURGH — Loved ones are holding out hope for answers into the disappearance of a local artist, daughter, sister and friend.

Wednesday marked one year since Tonee Turner, then 22 years old, was last seen.

According to her family, Tonee went to Dobra Tee in Squirrel Hill on Dec. 30, 2019 and later got on a bus to Hazelwood, where she lived. A bus driver reported seeing her get off at her typical stop at Giddings Street, according to loved ones, who never saw her again.

Some of her belongings were reportedly found on the Homestead Grays Bridge in the hours that followed, according to her sister, Sydnee Turner.

Sydnee told Channel 11 she has “no inkling as to what happened” and hopes “she’s safe somewhere and happy, and that nothing atrocious happened to her.”

A Pittsburgh Police spokesperson on Wednesday said that there are no updates to provide, but that the investigation remains open.

“It’s been extremely hard,” Sydnee said. “It’s unfathomable.”

Sydnee is grateful for the community’s support, which includes a colorful mural made in honor of Tonee -- located on the main street in Hazelwood.

“She is irreplaceable,” Sydnee said. “Very fun, very loving, very knowledgeable and very kind.”

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is urged to contact Pittsburgh police.