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Before Akia Eggleston vanished from her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, in 2017, the 22-year-old mother-to-be documented every aspect of her life — including her high-risk pregnancy — on social media.
In conversation with “Searching For,” an original series on Oxygen.com, Eggleston’s aunt, Sanobia Wilson, said “social media was [Eggleston’s] outlet,” and that it was strange when she suddenly stopped posting to her accounts on May 4. According to her stepfather, Shawn Wilkinson, Eggleston’s “social media footprint disappeared” that day, and he believes it was “unnatural for her to stop like that.”
Eggleston often wrote about her mother, who died from breast cancer in 2012, and in one of the final posts before her “drop-off,” Eggleston talked about how much she missed her.
“I really wish my mother was here,” wrote Eggleston on April 28, 2017, just a few days before she vanished.
At the time of her disappearance, Eggleston was eight months pregnant with her second child and “ready to be a mom again,” said Wilkinson. Although the baby in breech position and Eggleston was on bed rest, she was “excited beyond her pain … waiting to hold that baby boy in her hands.”
Wilkinson told “Searching For” Eggleston had a “very strong relationship” with her mother, and that “family was the core of all that she did.”
After her mother’s death, however, Wilkinson saw a change in his stepdaughter.
“She had to bear all the weight on her shoulders,” said Wilkinson, adding that Eggleston had become more independent, and had distanced herself from some family members. While Eggleston had become more private about her personal life, she was still very involved in her community and had a desire “to help people … in any way that she could.”
"She loved life, loved her family, loved her friends,” said Wilkinson.
Eggleston was reported missing on May 7 after she did not show up to her baby shower and gender reveal party. Her last known sighting was on May 3, and since her disappearance, there has been no recorded activity on any of her accounts.
Eggleston was last seen wearing a green T-shirt and black jogging pants; she is 4 feet, 11 inches tall, 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. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information regarding the whereabouts of Eggleston.
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