ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WMAR) — After about a month of not hearing from her first cousin Megan, Jennifer Parks says she thought something was...different.
"For her to just drop out and go away. It's a red flag for me and I think for Jimmy that something has gone awry," Parks said.
Jennifer and her uncle, Megan's father Jim, say whatever happened to 42-year-old Megan Tilman is a mystery. Jenny, as she's called, filed a missing person's report on November 1. It'd been weeks since anyone heard from or saw her.
"She would find her way back home. She would make a phone call. She would try to rekindle," Jim said.
The two described Megan as flighty and didn't always make the best decisions when it came to relationships, but never about her two girls -- specifically her seven-year-old daughter Grace. In fact, she was in between a testy custody battle over Grace.
When Megan didn't show up in court, the family's suspicion went way up.
"We were hoping that that court date would bring her out if she was hiding somewhere with her boyfriend or wherever. We knew that if anything could bring her out, it would be that court date to get custody of Gracie," Parks said.
Annapolis police stepped in, trying to track down where Megan could be.
"Megan also updated her social media frequently and after that October 8th date, there have been no updates, no contact with the daughter which again had never happened before," Sgt. Amy Miguez, the spokeswoman for the Annapolis Police Department said.
Detectives first came here to the townhome off Rockwell Court in Annapolis. She shared the space with a boyfriend, William Rice, Jr., and another woman named Christina Stallings.
Police found everything but Megan's purse.
As bills began to pile, the group was evicted. William and Christina subsequently moved out of Maryland.
But Megan was gone long before then.
"During that time, Megan stopped contacting friends and family on October 8th and subsequently to that, an eviction happened at the townhome and everyone was out of the home," Miguez said.
It wasn't long after, police found Megan's car -- a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee with distinctive stickers on the back of the jeep in a shopping center in Prince George's County after about two weeks.
"I think there was harm done to Megan, I really do. For her to just shut down like that," Jim said.
Her father adding had Megan no ties to the area and her car being there was bizarre.
"There's some unanswered questions that have frustrated us a family. There are unanswered questions to try to put this timeline together," Jim said.
A timeline that comes to an end on October 8th.
But the beginning of so many questions for Annapolis Police and Megan's family.
"Her daughters needs closure. Her grandmother needs closure. We need closure," Jim said.
If you can help in any way, you're asked to call MetroCrimestoppers at 1-866-7 LOCKUP.