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The 2017 disappearance of Akia Eggleston is a case filled with more questions than answers, and it is one that Balitmore Police Department Lt. Terry McLarney would classify as being in “the top few percent of difficult cases.”
Eggleston, a pregnant 22-year-old, vanished from her apartment in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland, on May 3, 2017. Her last known sighting was captured by a surveillance camera at a bank in the Inner Harbor area, where she withdrew money from her account, according to Lt. McLarney.
When Eggleston failed to arrive at her baby shower and gender reveal party four days later, on May 7, friends and family grew concerned. A group of loved ones went looking for Eggleston at her apartment, but when they arrived, she was nowhere to be found, and pieces of furniture were missing from the home, said her aunt, Sanobia Wilson.
At the time, Eggleston was eight months into a difficult pregnancy — the baby was in breech position, and Eggleston was on bed rest. Family members, as well as law enforcement, do not believe Eggleston would have been able to move the furniture on her own in her condition.
“She wasn’t moving that stuff,” Lt. McLarney told “Searching For,” an original series on Oxygen.com.
While revisiting Eggleston’s apartment, an end unit on the 606 block of Cherrycrest Road, Lt. McLarney said that her backdoor, which is adjacent to a parking lot and set of dumpsters, could have possibly been used to “carry larger items out.”
He also noted that the “dumpsters are important,” and the Baltimore Police Department has “had other cases like that.”
“Could some of the property that’s missing or a body had been put in the dumpsters and made its way elsewhere without being detected? Yes,” said Lt. McLarney, sharing his theory for the first time. “With her medical condition, she could have been murdered in here without creating any evidence of a struggle. She may have sustained a minor injury that then, because of her situation, caused her death.”
Police are currently investigating a dozen people in connection with Eggleston’s disappearance, Lt. McLarney told “Searching For.”
If you have any details about Akia Eggleston’s disappearance, 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.
She was last seen wearing a green T-shirt and black jogging pants. She is 4 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighs approximately 100 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
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