What happened to Dianna Brice? Missing pregnant woman, 21, fought with boyfriend in car that was found ablaze
'She was so upset. She just kept crying,' Brice's mother, Betty Cellini said. 'I asked her what was wrong. She said ‘nothing, Mom'
UPPER DARBY, PENNSYLVANIA: The Upper Darby Township police are looking for a young pregnant woman who was last seen with her boyfriend. The police department has said that 21-year-old Dianna Brice went missing on Tuesday, March 30. She was last seen at K Laundry, a laundry facility with her boyfriend, 23-year-old Justin Smith, at around 1 pm on Church Lane in Lansdowne, Delaware County, police said.
Brice was last seen wearing a black short-sleeve T-shirt, black sweatpants and a pair of UGG slides that are pink/blue/yellow in color. She is approximately 4'11" and weighs 190 pounds. She has tattoos including a little black heart on her right hand, a Mickey Mouse glove with the letters "AJ" on her left forearm, a rose on her left shoulder and right ankle. the word "NANNY" on her left shoulder and "My Brother's Keeper" on her chest.
On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the Upper Darby Township Police responded to a missing endangered person report. Dianna Brice (B/F, 21 y/o) was last seen at the K Laundry located at 544 Church Lane, Lansdowne, PA. pic.twitter.com/hEFJWfoYhb— Upper Darby Police (@UDPolice) April 3, 2021
On the day when Brice went missing, she went to K Laundry in Lansdowne with her mom, who noticed that her pregnant daughter was visibly upset. “She was so upset. She just kept crying,” Brice's mother, Betty Cellini said. “I asked her what was wrong. She said, ‘nothing, Mom.’” By 1 pm, Smith met Brice to pick up her medication. But by the time her mother was done with the laundry and was heading home, Brice said she’d head straight home. She never showed up and wasn’t answering her calls. That’s when Cellini called Smith, who claimed they got into an argument and she got out of the car. "He goes, 'She don't want to even talk to me.' I said, 'I don't care; she's pregnant with your child,'" said Cellini.
“What kind of man does that to your girlfriend who’s carrying your child? I said what kind of [expletive] are you on?” Cellini said. Worried, Cellini threatened to file a missing person’s report. “And he was like, ‘Oh my God, no, you better call me first,’ and I said what and the phone went dead,” Cellini said. “And then, here came the accident that his car was on fire.”
Around two hours later after she was reported missing, police reported that Smith's vehicle was found on fire in the area of 59th and Florence streets in Philadelphia. Investigators have said that this is the vehicle that Brice and Smith were last seen in. There was no one inside the car. “Investigators have looked through hours’ worth of video footage and neither Diana Brice or Justin Smith were seen in, near, or around the car at the time of the fire,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said.
Cellini told Action News that her daughter is 14 weeks pregnant and has a serious medical condition. She further showed concern saying that Brice takes medication daily and has not taken it for the past three days. Brice's family hired has hired an investigator, Kevin Ryan, to work on the case. "Time is of the essence here. She's got a serious medical condition that requires daily medication. She hasn't had her medication since Tuesday," said Ryan. Brice's mother says she has a young son waiting for her at home. "She has a 4-year-old son that keeps asking me, "Where's my mommy?'" said Cellini. “It’s all I want. There’s nothing else I could ask for. Bring my daughter home,” Cellini said. Both cellphones have been turned off since March 30.
Anyone with any information on where Brice or Smith should contact the Upper Darby Police Department Detective Division at 610-734-7677