Almost six months to the day, and there's been no word from Keiosha Felix or where she may be. And that's been a tough part of the investigation, the possibility she could be anywhere in the country.
Captain Kip Judice with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office said, "We haven't narrowed the search in any way. The search is still nationwide. (And) we're investigating leads throughout the country."
But because Felix was labeled a runaway for so long, Felix's search volunteer coordinator, Tammy Charles, says creating awareness has been the hardest part.
"(The) lack of community support, lack of sponsors," said Charles. "We actually had a place turn us down because of rumors she doesn't want to be found."
And Charles isn't convinced Felix is okay. She's checked out several avenues and believes trafficking may be a very real possibility in Felix's case.
"This trafficking thing is real, it exists and I don't think we can eliminate any possibility she is endangered," said Charles. "(It doesn't matter) if she ran away, or walked away, I've said it before."
But Captain Judice says at this point in the investigation, they have not seen any of those signs. However, that doesn't mean they're ruling it out.
"All the people we've talked to, all the people we've investigated, the subpoenas and warrants and all the things that have come out in terms of this investigation, there's absolutely no indication anyone has harmed Keiosha," said Judice.
But Charles won't let her heart rest until she finds answers. "If I give up on this kid, then I've joined the ranks of this community that doesn't even want to look at her flier," said Charles. "And that's not going to happen."
The Sheriff's Office urges anyone who know of Felix's whereabouts to call (337) 232-TIPS.
1808 Eraste Landry Rd, PO Box 90665,
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