In 2017, Akia Shawnta Eggleston lived in Cherry Hill, Baltimore. She was 22-years-old, 8 months pregnant and was expecting her second child. Akia was unable to drive or walk long distances at the time because her pregnancy was considered high-risk, as the baby was breech and she was on bed rest.
On May 3, 2017, an older friend (now deceased) drove Akia to a bank in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor neighborhood. Akia withdrew a total of $572 and it is suspected that the money was to pay the deposit for a new apartment she planned on moving into with the father of her baby.
On May 7, a baby shower and gender reveal party had been planned for family and close friends. Akia had spent months planning the party and was looking forward to celebrating with everyone. But on the day of the party, Akia never showed up. Worried friends headed to her apartment later, only to find her not there. They reported her missing the next day.
Akia’s disappearance was suspicious to her family from the start, her family knew she would never have left her 2-year-old daughter or family without saying anything. When police searched her apartment, it looked liked she had moved out, her bed was still there but her dresser and all her clothes had been removed from the closet. Due to her condition, Akia’s family knew it was physically impossible for her to move anything. Police interviewed Akia’s roommates and friends but no one claimed to have helped her move anything.
There were no signs that any of us saw that she would just want to pack up and leave.Sanobia Wilson, aunt of Akia Eggleston (CBS Baltimore)
Cameras at her apartment complex were not working at the time, so nothing was captured. The father of Akia’s unborn son was a family friend and had her family concerned from the beginning. He never showed up to the baby shower, never contacted anyone when she disappeared, and never helped out in the search efforts. He also had a girlfriend and multiple children at the time of her disappearance. Despite this, he was never named a person of interest by police.
After a vigil held in front of her apartment, when family and friends were cleaning up, they discovered Akia’s bank card in a bush in front of her complex. The card looked to be in good condition and was never discovered by police when they initially searched her apartment, leading friends and family to suspect that it was placed there afterward.
Four years later, Akia’s family is still actively searching for answers in her disappearance. Baltimore police believe foul play is suspected and this case remains open and unsolved.
I don’t think her case was taken seriously. I think it was viewed as she was just another black girl that’s missing.Sanobia Wilson, aunt of Akia Eggleston (CBS Baltimore)
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