It's been almost a year since Keiosha Felix, now 16-years-old went missing from Duson. She has not been seen or heard from since then. Six agencies have been leading the investigation, which is still considered a "missing persons" case. Wednesday, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office held a press conference to address their progress.
After 72 interviews, 20 subpoenas, four search warrants, and 27 tips, authorities say Felix's whereabouts are still unknown. April 30th will mark one year since she was last seen. And her family, who has been fairly quiet throughout the investigation, joined authorities Wednesday, only to hear the case remains the same.
"(We're) Just wondering and wondering and wondering where she could be and if she's okay," said Lena Lewis, Felix's maternal Aunt.
Captain Kip Judice was joined by the six agencies that have spent over 2,300 hours investigating. Judice says they've exhausted their leads and need the public's assistance for the rest. They're not ruling out any scenario.
"Is that magic phone call going to come in a few minutes? I wish I could answer that, but I don't know," said Judice.
Felix, whose 16th birthday was Monday, is also the mother of a toddler, who remains in state custody. Felix's mother, Chiara Thibodeaux, who was incarcerated during the time she went missing, said it's been a rough road.
"(She was) funny, outspoken, intelligent, she was a good child. She never gave me trouble before," said Thibodeaux.
And Felix's story would not have spread without the tireless volunteer efforts of Tammy Charles. Charles has rallied since the beginning, posting fliers, making shirts, and updating the "Find Keiosha Felix Now" Facebook page, even though she's never even met the teen.
"Same thing that got me started—if it was my child, you know, somebody's got to help," said Charles.
Disheartened by the absence of leads, Charles is thankful Felix's story is still a top priority to law enforcement.
"We got to keep going. Hopefully I'll get to meet her one day," said Charles. Reporter, Caroline Balchunas asked, "Do you ever think about that moment?" A tearful Charles said, "Yes."
Investigators still need help identifying the man in the photo on the left, who is not considered a suspect. This picture was captured at an AT&T store back in September and police believe he may have information on the Felix case. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 232-TIPS.
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