What happened to LaKisha Taylor? - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

What happened to LaKisha Taylor?

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Last seen on Thursday June 12, 2008, LaKisha Taylor's unexplained absence has been hard for her loved ones.

"It's just like the first day she was missing - it's not easy - it's always going to be hard," said LaKisha's stepfather Garry Jarratt. 

This is a family who desperately misses their mother, cousin, best friend and daughter. It's still too hard for LaKisha's mother to talk about what happened because she really doesn't know.

LaKisha was reported missing by her family on Friday June 13, 2008. They say they were concerned after cell phone calls went straight to voice mail. Concern then turned to fear after they discovered an iron unattended, clothes laid out and a full bath still waiting at LaKisha's house. Everything she would have needed - purse, wallet, clothes, identification - all left behind.

Her husband unable to explain her disappearance, leads the family to suspect foul play. Searches would turn up nothing and leads have since gone cold.

"Everyday we think about her," says LaKisha's first cousin and best friend Nicole Stevenson.  

While hope is still alive, Nicole is realistic. She says the two were inseparable and can't imagine LaKishan not calling to let someone know where she is.

"We always were together or if I didn't know where she was or if they didn't know where I was you could call the other," said Nicole. 

Left behind are LaKisha's three children - her oldest now being raised by her parents. Each child is a constant reminder that LaKisha isn't here.

"You see the children, you see LaKisha. There's no getting around that - you see the children and you see LaKisha," said Jarratt.  

The family remains focused as the investigation is still classified as a missing persons case.

"I understand there's other cases and the nature of this one puts it in a different priority. Of course to us it is a priority - it is the priority," said Jarrett.

Lake Charles Police say while in terms of time this is considered a cold case. However, detectives are looking into new information.

"Is that information promising? Yes, considering information we have so far has been little, any new information or any opportunity for us to investigate this to its conclusion is something that is going to be done by this office," said Sgt. Mark Kraus.  

Reward money is being offered for information. If you can help with this investigation call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222 - callers will remain anonymous.

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