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On May 7, 2017, friends and family of 22-year-old expectant mother Akia Eggleston gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for her baby shower. Eggleston was eight months into a difficult pregnancy and ready to celebrate this new chapter of her life
According to loved ones, Eggleston was ecstatic about the event — which she had spent months planning — and had even put down a $900 deposit to celebrate the arrival of her second child.
“She was ready to be a mom again,” her stepfather Shawn Wilkinson told “Searching For,” an original series on Oxygen.com.
Eggleston, however, never made it to the party, and it quickly became apparent that no one had heard from her in the past four days. They would later learn May 3 was the last time Eggleston was seen alive.
As of now, efforts by Baltimore police to locate the missing mother and her baby have been unsuccessful, and her family is still searching for answers.
While the investigation moves forward, there are a few clues that could be crucial in finding out what happened to Akia Eggleston.
CCTV Bank Footage
The last known sighting of Eggleston was on May 3, when she was captured on CCTV footage at a local bank withdrawing money from her account. Eggleston’s friend had driven her to the bank, and she was dropped back off at her residence in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore around 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m., said Wilkinson.
That was the last time the expectant mother was seen alive.
While it has been previously reported that Eggleston visited multiple banks before disappearing, Wilkinson maintains that she only went to one financial center, reported ABC News. The final ping from Eggleston’s cell phone was from a tower in the Inner Harbor area, which is where the bank is located.
Social Media Posts
After May 3, Eggleston’s “social media footprint disappeared,” which was distressing to her friends and family. Eggleston constantly posted updates about her life and pregnancy, and Wilkinson said it was “unnatural for her to stop like that.”
In one of her final posts before her “drop-off,” Eggleston wrote about how much she missed her mother, who passed away from breast cancer in 2012, Wilkinson told “Searching For.” Eggleston had a “very strong relationship” with her mother and that he noticed a change in his stepdaughter following her death.
“She had to bear all the weight on her shoulders,” said Wilkinson, adding that Eggleston had become more independent and that she even distanced herself from some family members.
Since she went missing, there has been no recorded activity on any of Eggleston’s social media accounts.
When Eggleston did not show up to her baby shower, friends and family went looking for her at the Cherry Hill apartment, which she shared with a roommate, said her aunt, Sanobia Wilson. Eggleston was nowhere to be found, and some of her furniture and belongings had been moved out of the home, according to the family.
Her dresser was gone, and her closet was completely empty, said Wilson.
Eggleston would not have been able to move the furniture by herself, said Wilson, adding that her niece “wasn’t very mobile” because the baby was in breech position and Eggleston was on bed rest. Wilkinson also believes Eggleston was not capable of transporting heavy items from her residence.
“Some days, it was too hard and painful [for her] to walk,” said Wilkinson.
Baltimore Police Department Lt. Terry McLarney confirmed “some furniture” was removed Eggleston’s home.
Her Debit Card
During a vigil for Eggleston approximately six months after she went missing, friends and family held a prayer circle outside of her former apartment. According to Wilkinson, as they were cleaning up, a friend spotted a bank card underneath bushes near the front door.
The bank card belonged to Eggleston, and it looked as if someone had placed it there recently, according to Wilson. It was “unweathered," said Wilkinson, and police had not found it during previous searches.
“It doesn’t make sense,” Wilson told “Searching For.”
Wilkinson turned over Eggleston’s bank card to police, who photographed it in its original location.
Baltimore Police Department Detective Sergeant Kevin Brown told Oxygen.com that the card was recovered and photographed, but he could not confirm it appeared “unweathered.”
The family continues to wonder who could have had Eggleston’s card for all that time and question why someone would have planted it in the shrub.
Akia Eggleston is 4 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighs approximately 100 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a green tee shirt and black jogging pants.
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. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information regarding the whereabouts of Eggleston.
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