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Cold Case: LaKisha Taylor Missing for more than 6 years

Published: Sep. 24, 2014 at 2:33 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 23, 2014 at 3:33 AM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Missing now for more than six years, LaKisha Taylor's family is set to celebrate her 34th birthday on Saturday.

"It's hard... it's hard. We miss her. We just want closure to this. It's been so long," said Emile Alexander, LaKisha's brother.

LaKisha was last seen the morning of June 13, 2008 at the house she shared with her cousin.

"I ended up going to get some breakfast. When I came back, her clothes and everything was ironed on the bed, bath water was ran, but she wasn't there," said Sandy Stevenson, LaKisha's Cousin.

The mother of three never returned. Her family filed a missing person's case with the Lake Charles Police Department. The circumstances surrounding her disappearance led investigators to suspect foul play.

"This is not just a I'm going to walk out of my life and start somewhere else case. We have some very narrow concerns that this is criminal activity," said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, LCPD.

Early on they've followed up all credible tips, even searching a nearby cemetery. Then in October of 2010, investigators received a tip that LaKisha's body might be buried on property on North Bank Street. Forensic experts from the LSU FACES Lab also came over to assist. But after two days of searching, investigators were no closer to finding LaKisha Taylor.

Police have interviewed countless people, including LaKisha's estranged husband, even calling him a 'person of interest" at one time. However, police stopped short of saying they have a suspect.

"But if the person that thinks that they are a suspect hears this and they can read between the lines - this case is far from over," said Kraus.

It's encouraging words for LaKisha's family and friends.

"To hear that they are still going on with this, and they are not giving up with us is very encouraging," said Ashley Alexander, LaKisha's cousin.

Even though another year has passed, LaKisha's family said they're more committed to finding out the truth.

"Somebody got the answers! They had an anonymous phone call already, and they told them to call back and gave them a number. But they never called back. That was like five years ago... so we know somebody knows something. They are just scared to come forward," said Emile.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lake Charles Police at 491-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. There is reward money behind this case. Callers can also remain anonymous.

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