Lafayette Sheriff’s Office takes on primary role for investigation of endangered missing teen
POSTED: Monday, September 10, 2012 - 6:07pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 26, 2012 - 4:13pm
LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — The case of a teen who has been missing since April is now getting additional support from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office. They hope the added resources will help solve the case that has a connection to East Baton Rouge Parish.
Keiosha Marie Felix, 15, was last seen on April 30, 2012 in the Duson area. Although several arrests have been made in connection with the case, investigators are still coming up short when it comes to leads on where Felix might be located.
Today, Monday, Sept. 10, the Lafayette Sheriff’s Office announced that it is taking on the primary role in the investigation. It was a decision made in conjunction with several other law enforcement agencies that are currently assisting with the case.
Back in July the Zachary Police Department arrested Leon Wilkerson Jr. as the primary suspect in the case based on a warrant issued by the Duson Police Department. He was taken into custody at a trailer park located on Highway 19. Chief Frank Andrew of the Duson Police Department told NBC33 News at the time of that arrest that Felix could be located somewhere within the parish.
Not long after Wilkerson’s arrest, three more were taken into custody in connection with the case. First, Duson Police arrested Patricia Andrus and Portia Felix, who are both relatives of Felix. Then on August 6, a fourth arrest, Ronald Wilkerson, was made in West Baton Rouge Parish.
Despite the arrests, investigators have not found any solid leads related to the location of Felix. Now, the Lafayette Sheriff’s Office is seeking out any information the public may have in regards to her whereabouts. Felix is listed as an endangered missing person.
- Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office (337) 232-9211
- Lafayette Crime Stoppers (337) 232-8477
- Federal Bureau of Investigations (337) 233-2164 or (504) 816-3000
- Missing and Exploited Children 1 800 843-5678
The FBI is offering a reward of $5,000.00 for information which results in the locating of Keiosha Marie Felix.