Shania Twain Responds To Family’s Plea For Help In Finding Missing Woman

A missing New York woman’s family reached out to country music star Shania Twain to help bring attention to her case, and the star answered.

The woman, 24-year-old Rachael Mattice, was last seen on June 22 after leaving her parents’ home in Johnstown. She was heading to the family’s camp in Wells, a town over 50 miles away. She hasn’t been heard from or seen since.

The family reached out to Twain because the young woman idolized her. 

The woman’s mother, Wendy Mattice, described her daughter as “very loving” and that she had “no enemies,” according to FoxNews.com.

Rachael Mattice was heading to Wells, which has no cell phone service, because she had recently moved to the area for work as a home health care aide.

The last Mattice’s mother heard from her daughter was a text message that said: “I’m at the bottom of the hill. Goodnight and I love you.” 

Authorities have been using helicopters and dogs to find Rachael Mattice, to no avail. Mattice’s friend Cynthina Nellis took to Instagram to try to help, reaching out to Shania Twain.

Hello Shania! My name is Cynthia Nellis. I'm from Johnstown in upstate NY. On June 22nd of this year my very best friend Rachael Mattice went missing from her campsite I'm Wells, NY. Today marks one week since her disappearance. The authorities are doing all they can to find my friend. It has been the most heartbreaking week. Her parents are devasted and just want their girl back. Rachael is the most happiest, caring, giving person who I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. She has a huge heart. She loves animals, hunting, fishing, the outdoors, music (anything from Dolly Parton to the Doobie Brothers), she loves her family more than anything and holds her friends very dear to her heart. She always gives more than she takes and what has happened to her is heartbreaking. Rachael is the most deserving person in the world. And what has happened to her has left us all numb. I've been her friend since kindergarten. She is not only my best friend but my sister. As one of her closest friends it kills me that I cannot fix this for her family. Her family are the most wonderful people and I would change places with Rachael in a heartbeat just so they can have her home. You are Rachaels favorite country artist. She absolutely adores you. Her parents use to call her Shania when she was little because she would sing your music all the time. She had every tape, cd, knows every lyric to every song. She was heartbroken last year when your concert got cancelled. Going to see you in concert is a dream come true for Rachael. It's important to me that we don't give up hope. That we keep fighting to find our Rachael and to put her back in the arms of her parents. I'm reaching out to you in hopes that you can make one of Rachaels dreams come true by sending a message out to her. Help us bring her home….and help to bring a little joy to Rachaels life. Even if it's only for a moment… no one deserves it more than her. Help make one of Rachaels dreams come true @shaniatwain @pollywogg412 @rachillllllll

A photo posted by cynthia nellis (@cynia_n) on Jun 29, 2016 at 4:44am PDT

“You are Rachaels favorite country artist. She absolutely adores you. Her parents use to call her Shania when she was little because she would sing your music all the time. She had every tape, cd, knows every lyric to every song,” she wrote in the caption. “I’m reaching out to you in hopes that you can make one of Rachael’s dreams come true by sending a message out to her.”

Twain responded a day later with these messages: 

I've heard the story of Rachael Mattice & urge anyone with information to come forward to the police & help her return to her family. (1/2)

— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) June 30, 2016

Thinking of you Rachael. (2/2)

— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) June 30, 2016

In addition to Twain’s support in finding the young woman, friends and family gathered for a vigil in Wells on June 29. 

Rachael Mattice is 5 feet 3 inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on Mattice’s whereabouts or tips in the case should contact Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at 518-548-3113.