Six months ago Tuesday, Lafayette teen Keiosha Felix went missing from a family member's home in Duson.
Her missing person's case hasn't run smoothly, and as of Tuesday, it doesn't seem like there are any leads.
For nearly two months, the 15-year-old was considered a runaway, until July, when investigators changed her status to "missing and endangered. "
It was a tough day for those close to the Keiosha Felix case to reflect on the six months she's been missing. The case has taken all kinds of twists and turns and it's been a rollercoaster to get answers.
There's been no word from Felix since April 30th, no activity whatsoever.
"It's like she just disappeared," said Gerald Credeur, former Assistant Chief of the Duson Police Department. "No one can actually say they've seen her (or) has come forward to say they've seen her."
Credeur was the lead investigator in the case, but was fired from his position following allegations of wrong doing. But that hasn't stopped him from keeping up with the case he worked on since the very beginning.
"You know, I think about her every night and (wonder) if she's okay, where she's at. It's a big strain, it really is because I got so close to the case," said Credeur.
Initially, four people on Felix's paternal side of the family were arrested in connection with her disappearance. They have since been released.
Felix's maternal aunt, Lena Lewis, says she's had no contact with that side of the family.
"No, I haven't reached out to them," said Lewis. " I don't know them that well. They haven't reached out either. (But) I've thought about it so many times."
And for Tammy Charles, lead volunteer coordinator, the hardest part of all, has been clearing up rumors Felix is a runaway. She firmly believes someone is involved.
"She has no resources to take care of herself," said Charles. "She's cannot drive. She doesn't have a car. How is she getting money to feed herself?"
Charles has been outspoken about her anger towards the community for their lack of support and having to carry the weight alone. But luckily, three New Iberia volunteers were listening.
One of them, Kristy Turpeau, said Charles inspired her to get involved. "We found out she was basically doing this on her own, so we decided to jump in and help," said Turpeau.
Natasha Kately, also a volunteer said, "The community really is going on rumors that they're hearing. No matter what rumors there are, she is still missing."
And as the group plans their next move, Charles hopes more of the community will focus on getting involved.
"If you can't do anything else, you can share it on Facebook," said Charles. "You can certainly pray, put up fliers, we can ship them to you if we have to."
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office remains the lead investigators in this case and said they are continuing to follow up on tips.
If you have any information regarding the Felix case, you can call the tip line at 232-TIPS. You will remain anonymous.
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