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Father Of Missing 22-Year-Old Akia Eggleston Vows To Never Give Up On Case
Akia Eggleston was eight months into a high-risk pregnancy when she vanished from Baltimore, Maryland, in 2017.
Akia Eggleston was eight months into a high-risk pregnancy with her second child when she vanished from Baltimore, Maryland, on May 3, 2017.
The 22-year-old single mother disappeared approximately four days before her baby shower and gender reveal party, where she was planning to announce to close friends and family that she would be giving birth to a boy.
It has been two years since Eggleston went missing without a trace, and in an interview with “The View,” her father, Shawn Wilkinson, says the family is “broken” without his daughter.
“We’re in shambles trying to live day-to-day ... just trying to figure out where our loved one is and hoping and praying that someone will come forth with information,” said Wilkinson.
Eggleston was reported missing to Baltimore police on May 7, after she failed to show up to her own baby shower, which she had spent months planning. The last known sighting of Eggleston was on May 3, when she was captured on CCTV withdrawing money from a local bank, according to Fox Baltimore.
While it has been reported that the young mother visited multiple banks before disappearing, Wilkinson told “The View” that she only went to one financial center, and that the previous report was “a miscommunication upon the Baltimore police department."
May 3 was the last day friends and family saw or heard from Eggleston, and it was also when she stopped posting on her social media accounts.
Wilkinson said that police later searched Eggleston’s Cherry Hill apartment that she shared with a roommate, and although authorities have not disclosed exactly what was missing from the home, some of Eggleston’s furniture had been moved out.
Eggleston could not have moved those heavy items on her own, Wilkinson told “The View,” because the baby was breech and she was on bed rest.
“She could barely walk,” said Wilkinson, adding that friends and family had to help her do everyday activities.
Wilkinson was not made aware of the identity of baby Eggleston’s alleged father until after his daughter’s disappearance, and Wilkinson told “The View” he has not been “helpful” throughout the investigation.
“He has not provided any information. He will not call me; he will not talk to me,” said Wilkinson. “I’ve reached out to him ... But, again, he has not talked to me.”
The alleged baby’s father has not been named a suspect by police, and according to Wilkinson, authorities have told Wilkinson not to interact with him.
Wilkinson has criticized law enforcement for not doing more to find his missing daughter, but in a statement provided to “The View,” the Baltimore Police Department claimed it has “devoted literally thousands of man-hours this case.”
In response, Wilkinson allowed that authorities have a "challenging job, first and foremost," but their "level of communication is not to the expectations of any family."
"We're gonna keep going. We're not gonna stop badgering them until they give us what we want,” vowed Wilkinson.
Akia Eggleston is 4 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighs approximately 100 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. If you have any information in connection to her case, please contact the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office at 410-265-8080 or the Baltimore City Police Department at 410-396-2499.