04/10/2013 06:33 PM by Akeam Ashford
Keiosha Felix was reported missing on April 30th of last year. Police initially believed she was a run-away child, but investigations later changed the case to a missing person.
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04/10/2013 06:33 PM by Akeam Ashford
Keiosha Felix was reported missing on April 30th of last year. Police initially believed she was a run-away child, but investigations later changed the case to a missing person.
Several arrests were made early on in the case. Keiosha's aunt and cousin were facing obstruction of justice charges, but later released. Ronald Wilkerson, the aunt's boyfriend, was arrested on second-degree kidnapping and simple rape. Those charges were also dropped. A fourth person, Leon Wilkerson, Ronald's brother was arrested for kidnapping but also released.
Today, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's office held a press conference to update the public on the Keiosha Felix investigation. "Our plea is to the public for anyone with information with regards to Keiosha, no matter how small they think it may be to come forward," said Captain Kip Judice.
The news conference didn't release any new information as to Felix's whereabouts, but her family asked the public for any help from the public. "If somebody else knows something else about my granddaughter, please call the policemen. Let the policemen look into whatever you know," says Joseph Earl.
Back in September, the Sheriff's office released a photo of a man who bought a cell phone sim card from a Lafayette AT&T store. The sim card was later used using Felix's password. The Sheriff's department has been unable to identify the man, and are still asking for your help in finding him.
"The most important part is that we remind the people who have information that the FBI does have a $5,000 reward for anyone who has information with regards to bringing Keiosha home," says Judice.
04/10/2013 01:08 PM by KATC
Numerous police agencies have contributed and assisted in the missing person investigation of Keiosha Felix who was reported missing on April 30, 2012. On Monday April 8, 2013 Keiosha turned 16 years old and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office and their partners continue to search for her.
In an effort to keep the public informed, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office is releasing the following statistics in hopes that anyone with information would contact a law enforcement agency with any information regarding this case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $5,000.00 reward for information that brings Keiosha home.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office has dedicated nearly 1500 investigative hours in search efforts. This in addition to the 500 hours by Louisiana State Police the 400 hours by Department of Child and Family Services, 200 hours by the FBI, and 80 hours by the Louisiana Attorney General's Office. The Texas Attorney General's Office and Dallas Police Department has a combined 40 hours of officer's time dedicated specifically to the Keiosha investigation and New Orleans Police dedicated and additional 12 hours. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have provided countless hours in support of the Keiosha case. No less than 2300 investigative hours has been dedicated to this investigation to date.
During this time investigators have conducted 72 interviews, issued 20 subpoenas, and executed 4 search warrants. Over 2, 000 flyers have been distributed and countless electronic missing person flyers have been distributed.
There has been 17 tips received at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children phone lines and an additional 3 tips called into Crime Stoppers and 7 other tips were reported to law enforcement agencies. This includes tips in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Florida Minnesota, Maryland, Oregon and California.
Some success has been noted in this investigation; the most telling was the recovery of a teen that resembled Keiosha and that had run away from her northeast Texas home and was found by Investigators following up on a tip. Because of this tip, an endangered teen was returned home prior to Thanksgiving 2012.
Currently, these leads have been exhausted and Investigators are asking for the public's assistance for any information that may help in solving this case. Finding Keiosha is a priority for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office.
Investigators still hope to identify and interview a male who was captured on surveillance video at a Lafayette AT&T Store. He is not a suspect in any criminal matter but may have some helpful information related to this case.
The public's assistance identifying the person pictured in the photos. The photos were released in September 2012 and was taken from an AT&T store in Lafayette. The woman in the photo is NOT Keiosha. This man may have information that may help in the Keiosha Felix investigation. This person is not a suspect in this case. The man has a brown skin tone 5'7" to 5'9" tall, stocky build, wearing white tee-shirt and a rosary type cross hanging to the mid-chest area.
Call Crime Stoppers at 337.232.tips if you recognize this perso
04/08/2013 12:30 PM by Ian Auzenne
Today is Keiosha Felix's sixteenth birthday, but the teen remains missing nearly one year after her disappearance. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office will hold a media briefing Wednesday morning at 11:00 to update the case's status. The teenager disappeared from her aunt's house in Duson last April 30. Officials say the press conference will include information from all law enforcement agencies involved in the search for Felix.
10/10/2012 02:30 AM by Jim Hummel
Lieutenant Gerald Credeur, the one-time lead investigator on the Keiosha Felix case was fired Tuesday night by the Duson Town Council. Credeur's termination comes amid accusations that he illegally arrested two men in the case, but Credeur is not going down without a fight. Before his dismissal, Credeur's attorney revealed text messages she says are between Credeur and Duson Chief of Police Frank Andrew. They're messages, which if authentic, paint an unflattering and unprofessional picture of the top brass at Duson PD.
Before the council, Chief Andrew called for Credeur's arrest citing instances in which he says Credeur left him in the dark on the Felix investigation.
"He would brief me on some things, but then I'd find out that some of those things were not true," said Andrew.
Credeur was not present for Tuesday's hearing, but his attorney Joslyn Alex fired back. She presented the council with text messages, which apparently show frequent communication between Credeur and Andrew.
KATC obtained copies of the text messages presented to the council, but cannot independently verify their authenticity.
In an apparent mass text message to several officers on July 26, Chief Andrew allegedly wrote:
"We may be dealing with a human [trafficking] case, we may have [stepped] into something more than a runaway."
In another text, Andrew allegedly invoked the Mickey Shunick case as an apparent self-serving motive for wanting to solve Keiosha's disappearance, writing: "This is a make or [break] case, we can be heros or jester, Mickey hasn't been found, if we can find Keiosha we 10x better than other agencies [combined]."
On August 13th a number of different police agencies met at the Duson Police Department to discuss the Felix case. It was the same day that Ronald Wilkerson, one of four people arrested in the case, was released from jail (charges were later dropped against both he and his brother, Leon Wilkerson Junior). As Chief Andrew left the meeting that night, he refused to answer any questions about the status of Keiosha Felix, the investigation, and why Ronald Wilkerson was released from jail. In the alleged text messages from that day, Lt. Credeur wrote Chief Andrew with apparent doubts about the case.
Credeur: "Chief I'm done...they been trying to get something on us."
Andrew: "No, it's cool... You winning!"
Chief Andrew also allegedly disclosed he is related to Keiosha Felix. Writing on August 17th:
Andrew: "Missing girl grandma is my 1st cousin, her great grandma is my daddy's sister."
Credeur: "Damn y'all close...Have your family come in for an interview...lmao. And I don't like your cousin Patricia."
Andrew: "Guess I'm a suspect too, huh..."
Credeur: "Yea just bring the girl back...and tell your cousin in-law leon I don't like him. Lmao. I'm gonna need your DNA...Lol."
Andrew: "I'll get a lil family history today, having a get together in maurice..."
It's unclear if the Patricia referenced in the above conversation is in fact Patricia Andrus, Keiosha's aunt, who was charged with accessory to rape and improper supervision of a minor in the 15 year old's disappearance.
In one instance, Credeur also showed his reluctance to deal with the media.
Credeur: "Why the (expletive) is tv 3 still calling me..I'm not answering...you give [all] media details..lol."
Andrew: "I talk to them..Just got off the [phone], with them."
Credeur: "Cool thanks...you the man."
After glancing over some of the above text messages, some council members wanted to delay action on Credeur's employment status, however a motion to delay failed by a vote of 3-2. Credeur's termination was approved by that same margin, his attorney says she'll file a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Town of Duson within 60 days.
10/08/2012 04:46 PM by Melissa Canone
Council members in Duson will discuss the fate of Gerald Credeur's position within the police department at tomorrow's council meeting.
Credeur was the lead investigator in the Keiosha Felix case and has been suspended from the force without pay.
He's accused of violating the constitutional rights of at least two people who were arrested in connection with Felix's disappearance.
The Lafayette Sheriff's office has since taken over the case of the missing 15-year-old.
09/27/2012 05:59 PM
New information tonight in the search for 15-year old Keiosha Felix.
Lafayette deputies say there are a high number of tips coming into their office that indicate a connection to the Baton Rouge area.
Keiosha was reported missing on April 30th.
Although deputies have no physical evidence putting her in Baton Rouge, they say they've been lacking physical evidence all along.
Deputies have asked Baton Rouge outlets to run her picture, hoping to generate a tip that could bring her home.
The FBI has offered a five thousand dollar reward for information that brings Keiosha home.
09/13/2012 10:36 AM by KATC
Just in: all charges against Leon Wilkerson Jr. have been dropped. Wilkerson was being charged with second degree kidnapping and simple rape in connection with the Keiosha Felix case. KATC's Jenise Fernandez will have more tonight at 5 and 6.
09/12/2012 01:50 PM by Ian Auzenne
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office says it is investigating communication that may have been sent by Keiosha Felix. Deputies say they cannot be more specific about this lead because of the nature of the case. However, they say they believe Keiosha is alive because they have not found any evidence to contradict this. Deputies say they have received other tips about the case, and they continue to urge residents to call Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS with any information they may have about the case.
09/11/2012 10:32 PM by Jim Hummel
The one-time lead investigator in the Keiosha Felix case is suspended without pay, pending an internal investigation. Assistant Chief of Police, Lieutenant Gerald Credeur, is accused of violating the constitutional rights of at least two individuals who were arrested in connection with Felix's disappearance.
Credeur is accused of conducting illegal searches and seizures, providing false testimony and making at least two unlawful arrests.
When asked if any of the accusations against him were true, Credeur shook his head side-to-side and simply said, "No."
Duson Chief of Police Frank Andrew made the recommendation for suspension before the council Tuesday night. The decision was unanimous and is effective immediately, and will stay in place pending an internal investigation.
09/11/2012 04:24 PM by Melissa Canone
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance indentifying the person pictured in the photos. The photos were taken from an AT&T store in Lafayette. The woman in the photo is NOT Keiosha.
This man may have information that may help in the Keiosha Felix investigation. This person is not a suspect in this case. The man has a brown skin tone 5'7" to 5'9" tall, stocky build, wearing white tee-shirt and a rosary type cross hanging to the mid-chest area.
Call Crime Stoppers at 337.232.tips if you recognize this person.
09/10/2012 06:18 PM by Jim Hummel
The Lafayette Sheriff's Office is now the lead investigating agency in the disappearance of Keiosha Felix (pictured). There is still no sign of the Duson teenager who's been missing for more than four months.
If you have any information on Keiosha's whereabouts, you can call any of the following phone numbers:
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
Meantime at Tuesday night's Duson council meeting, the council will discuss the employment status of Lt. Gerald Credeur. To the dismay of Keiosha's family and friends, Credeur was taken off the Felix case for what Duson Police Chief Frank Andrew called "substandard performance." Friends and family of Keiosha Felix plan to march to the council meeting to show their support for Lt. Credeur. The council meeting gets started at 6:00 Tuesday night.
Of the four people arrested in connection with Keiosha's disappearance, just one remains in jail. Leon Wilkerson Jr. is facing charges of kidnapping and rape in the case. He has a preliminary hearing Thursday morning at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.
09/05/2012 11:12 AM by Melissa Canone
KATC is continuing to ask questions in the Keiosha Felix case. Felix is the Duson teenager who's been missing for more than four-months.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012, Police Chief Frank Anrews referred all questions to legal counsel for the town of Duson, the Andrus & Andrus Lawfirm.
Attorney Brad Andrus had no comment, pending the ongoing investigation.
There is still no sign of 15-year-old Keiosha, but the FBI is now offering a $5,000 reward in the case.
08/31/2012 06:16 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Duson Police Chief Frank Andrew says Lieutenant Gerald Credeur was removed from the case because of "substandard performance." Fifteen-year-old Keiosha Felix went missing four months ago. Four people have been arrested in connection with the case, two being family members. But only one man, Leon wilkerson, remains in the Lafayette Parish Jail. Wilkerson is charged with second degree kidnapping and simple rape. He is waiting for a court date.
But Felix's family says, they want Creduer back on the case. Felix's aunt Lena Lewis says the family is shocked and upset. They say they were happy with the way Credeur was handling the case.
"He put his heart and soul in this case and was doing everything he could to find Keiosha," said Lewis.
Lewis says Credeur would often call the family, sometimes in the middle of the night, to update them .She says the family trusted him.
"If it weren't for him, we wouldn't be where we are today. We wouldn't have any answers," said Celie Batiste.
Lewis' sister Celie Batiste says she went to see Duson Police Chief Frank Andrew after she heard Credeur would no longer be working the case.
"I asked him to please give me answers, but he told me he no," said Batiste.
"The Chief of Police never called us with concerns or anything. All the information we received was from Mr. Credeur," added Lewis.
We stopped by the Duson Police Department to get some answers, but no one was there. Lewis is now worried, without Credeur, the case will be put on the back burner. She hopes whoever takes over the case will remember what the focus is: to find Keiosha.
"We're not going to stop until we get answers. No matter what the situation is, we just want her home," added Lewis.
Anyone with information of the whereabouts of Keiosha Felix .is asked to call 233-2164. The FBI is now offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the safe return of Felix.
Felix's family and friends are organizing a march on September 11. They'll be marching in front of Duson City Hall to show support for Credeur.
08/31/2012 02:57 PM by KATC
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the safe return of Keiosha Marie Felix.
Keiosha was last seen and reported missing from a residence in Duson, Louisiana on or about April 30, 2012. Keiosha is a 15-year-old, Black, Female approximately 5'0" in height and
weighing approximately 120 lbs. She is known to frequent the Veazey area of Lafayette, Louisiana.
This is a joint investigation by the FBI, New Orleans Division, Lafayette Resident Agency, the Louisiana State Police, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department and the Duson Police Department. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the FBI New Orleans Division, Lafayette Resident Agency during normal business hours at (337) 233-2164 or after hours at (504) 816-3000.
08/30/2012 12:23 PM by Erin Steuber
According to Duson Police Chief Frank Andrew, Assistant Chief Lt. Gerald Credeur has been removed from the Keiosha Felix case because of substandard performance. He would not elaborate on specific reasons. The department is conducting their own internal investigation to decide how to proceed. Tomorrow, Chief Andrew says he will decide who will be leading the investigation here on out.
08/27/2012 04:31 PM by Letitia Walker
The suspect who was arrested in connection with the disappearance of Keiosha Felix has been transferred to Lafayette Parish. Leon Wilkerson Jr., 43, was arrested in Zachary, LA in July on warrants of second-degree kidnapping and simple rape. Wilkerson is scheduled to appear before a judge Tuesday afternoon. Police say they still have not located 15-year-old Keiosha Felix. She was first reported missing April 30, 2012.
08/21/2012 06:28 PM by Steven Albritton
Keiosha Felix's family say there are still many questions that need to be answered in her disappearance. They haven't received any new information and remain confused on how this happened.
"None of us are understanding because we know one thing she would never stay away. She would never stay away like this," Lena Lewis said.
Lewis is Keiosha's aunt. They really want to know what happened and where she is, but after three and a half months with her missing they still remain shocked by the entire situation. The volunteer effort to bring Felix home is moving very slowly. Tammy Charles, who is leading the effort, says that the lack of new information has made it much harder bring attention to the missing teen.
"There's no new leads coming up, so it's been hard to get a momentum going. We haven't quite had the community come forward the way we would like," Charles said.
If you would like to support the effort to bring Keiosha Felix home you can visit their website at http://findkeioshanow.com/.
08/13/2012 10:30 PM by Jim Hummel
Duson Police Chief Frank Andrew declined comment on the Keiosha Felix case Monday night, after his department met with a number of different agencies at the Duson Volunteer Fire Department. It's unclear which agencies were involved, but about a dozen people attended the meeting with Andrew, which a source inside the department confirmed to KATC was related to the Keiosha Felix case. The meeting came hours after the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed Ronald Wilkerson, the fourth suspect in the case, was released from prison.
After meeting for more than two hours, Andrew did not respond when asked if kidnapping charges against Wilkerson were dropped. He also refused to answer when asked whether Keiosha was found.
08/13/2012 11:55 AM by KATC
The fourth person arrested in the disappearance of Duson teen Keiosha Felix has bonded out of jail. Ronald Wilkerson bonded out of the Lafayette Parish jail Friday. Wilkerson was in the jail on Simple Kidnapping charges. On Aug. 6, West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies picked up Wilkerson on a warrant and held him as a fugitive for Duson detectives. His brother, Leon, has also been arrested in the case.
08/10/2012 07:13 PM by KATC
It's been more than 3 months now since 15-year-old Keiosha Felix went missing. A fourth arrest in her case was made on Monday, Aug. 6. Ronald Wilkerson, of Jackson, Louisiana is facing a simple kidnapping charge. He was arrested in a baton Rouge-area motel by deputies who were acting on a warrant for Duson police.
Ronald Wilkerson's brother, Leon, was arrested nearly two weeks ago in the case. KATC's Jim Hummel spoke with Ronald moments before he was booked. "I don't know her," said Ronald. Also, he said he wasn't "caught up in his brother's mess." Leon Wilkerson Jr., 43, is facing kidnapping and rape charges in connection with Felix's disappearance.
08/10/2012 02:43 PM by Tonya LaCoste
The investigation into Duson teen Keiosha Felix's disappearance is moving in a different direction. A tip has now led investigators to the Houston area. Duson police are working with the Texas Attorney General's Office, Texas Rangers and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, according to Police Chief Frank Andrew. Duson police have searched areas in Mississippi, but their efforts did not turn up Felix.
The fourth person arrested in Felix's case, Ronald Wilkerson, has not bonded out of jail. He's charged with simple kidnapping and is in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Facility on $150,000 bond.
08/06/2012 03:12 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Another arrest has been made in the case of missing 15-year-old Keiosha Felix of Duson. West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested Ronald Wilkerson, 40, and charged him with kidnapping. He's the brother of Leon Wilkerson, 43, the man arrested about two weeks and charged with second-degree kidnapping and simple rape in Felix's case. Deputies picked him up on a warrant and held him as a fugitive for Duson detectives. Ronald has been in touch with Felix, according to Duson Police Chief Andrew Frank. The chief would not elaborate except to say he'll release a written statement later this afternoon.
08/01/2012 06:56 PM by Tonya LaCoste
According to the "Find Keiosha Felix Now" Facebook page, the FBI is now involved in the search for the missing 15 year old. Also, the page says an announcement about a Crime Stoppers reward is coming soon. According to Duson Police Chief Frank Andrew, Duson Police and the Lafayette Sheriff's Office are working out details, and we'll pass on the information as soon as it's available. The chief said an announcement could be made over the weekend or next week.
08/01/2012 01:38 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Duson police served a search warrant at Maison de Mere, a home in Lafayette for teenage girls who are pregnant or parenting a child. The warrant was served Monday as part of Duson police's investigation into missing 15-year-old Keiosha Felix. According to Duson Assistant Chief Lt. Gerald Credeur, the purpose was to get copies of Felix's records. Felix lived at Maison de Mere before she disappeared.
07/30/2012 04:54 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Leon Wilkerson, the man Duson police charged with second-degree kidnapping and simple rape in missing person Keiosha Felix's case will stay in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail until Aug. 24. Wilkerson is not allowed to leave the jail until he serves time for a drinking in public charge he received in Baton Rouge, according to Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson Capt. Kip Judice.
After he's served his time, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office will have 10 days to pick him up. Depending on the transportation schedule in Lafayette Parish, Wilkerson could be picked up on Aug. 24 and extradited back to Lafayette Parish.
Felix's family and friends held a candlelight vigil over the weekend for the missing 15-year-old girl. There is still no sign of her whereabouts.
07/29/2012 10:15 PM by Erin Steuber
An emotional night in Duson, as friends and family of missing teen, Keiosha Felix gathered for a candlelight vigil. Many gathered at the park in Duson off of Fourth Street to honor missing teen Keiosha. Family, friends and strangers lighting candles and releasing balloons.
"It feels wonderful, it's a wonderful feeling to see all these people out here to support us and what were going through," said Keiosha's aunt Lena Lewis. "I'm very grateful to everyone that made it here today."
Lewis says it means the world to her to know the community is behind the family, praying for the same thing she wants most, the safe return of Keiosha.
"It's putting yourself in the place of having a child," said community member Tammy Charles. "We have children and if it were one of ours, what would we need? And stepping up as a community and that's what it takes, thats what it took for Mickey, and tha'ts what it's going to take for Keiosha."
Police do believe Keiosha is alive, but in danger, and it's that hope that's brought the community together."
"We're just hoping that she makes it back home," said Lewis. "Just praying and hoping that she's safe and she comes back home."
The 15-year-old girl hasn't been seen since April 30th. Three people have been arrested in connection with her disappearance. Two of those suspects are Keiosha's relatives. Now, the community is just hoping to get answers. Those who organized the event didn't even know Keiosha
"I don't know Keiosha personally, but Keiosha has touched many here in the town of Duson," said Duson Councilwoman Marquita Henry. "And today has proven that, everyone came out together for fellowship and to lift her up in prayer."
The two relatives previously mentioned did bond out of jail, but Leon Wilkerson Jr. is still behind bars. The 43-year-old man is facing both kidnapping and rape charges. He was arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish on Tuesday, and is still awaiting transfer to Lafayette.
07/27/2012 09:34 PM by Maddie Garrett
A candlelight vigil for missing Duson teen Keiosha Felix is set for Sunday. Friends, family and community members will gather at 6:00pm at the park in Duson, off of 4th Street. The 15-year-old girl hasn't been seen since April 30, 2012, and three people have been arrested in connection with her disappearance. Two of those suspects are Keiosha's relatives.
Brenda Andrus and Elizabeth Richard don't personally know Keiosha or her familly, but said that doesn't matter; they want to help find the young girl.
"I said we can do this, let's just make a few phone calls," said Andrus.
Andrus and Richard are both youth leaders in Acadiana and said at a time when a teen is in trouble, and no one is talking, they turn to a higher power.
"Prayer is one of the strongest things people can hold on to, so if everybody gets together and pray, and maybe somebody will let go and say what's going on," said Richard.
Andrus and Richard said it took too long to get the word out about Keiosha's disappearance. That's partially because up until recently, police took Keiosha's family's word that they had heard from her. Since police now know that isn't the case, Andrus and Richard hope Sunday's vigil will help bring her home.
"But you bring them together and the words going to get out, the young kids, a lot of people's on Facebook, but the word needs to get out not just the technology part, go back to the old school, traditional way... face to face," said Andrus.
A private investigator is now involved in this case. Averlock Investigations said it is working with family and police. Investigators said they are checking areas in Duson and Lafayette where Keiosha was known to go, as well as interviewing family and and friends.
The private investigator said the investigative firm is following up on the many tips that are coming in.
Anyone with information on Keiosha's whereabouts is asked to contact Duson Police at: 337-873-6736 or Averlock Investigations at: 337-944-4222.
07/27/2012 03:47 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Friends, family and the public are invited to a candlelight vigil for Keiosha Felix on Sunday, July 29 at the Duson Park. Organizers say they need donated candles and volunteers. Anyone who wants to help should email email@example.com. The vigil is scheduled at 6 p.m. at the park on 4th Street.
07/26/2012 06:18 PM by Jenise Fernandez
No sign of missing 15-year-old Keiosha Felix, even after three arrests. Two of those relatives, a mother and daughter, have already bonded out. Felix's cousin Portia Felix is charged with obstruction of justice. Portia's mother, who's Keiosha's aunt Patricia Andrus, is charged with improper supervision and accessory to rape. They were the last two people to see Keiosha before she disappeared. Patricia's boyfriend, 43-year-old Leon Wilkerson, is charged with second-degree kidnapping and simple rape. He's reportedly not cooperating with police. Duson police say they do believe Keiosha is alive, but is in danger. For other members of Keiosha's family, the news of the arrests were shocking.
Keiosha Felix's aunt Lena Lewis is confused and overwhelmed. She can't believe Keiosha's aunt and cousin, Patricia Andrus and Portia Felix, are accused of being involved in her niece's disappearance.
"She's a child and I don't understand. Why if they had something to do with it, how could they let that go on? Family is love, if anything you want to protect your loved one," said Lewis.
Lewis is related to Keiosha's mother. Patricia and Portia are on her father's side of the family. Lewis says that's why she doesn't really know them that well, but both families didn't have any problems with one another.
"I don't know where it went wrong, but I hope with everything we get a step closer and that we get answers and bring her home," she said.
Keiosha was in state custody because her mother is in jail. Although her own family did not have custody, she was allowed to visit them with her one-year-old daughter. That infant is also now in state custody since the recent arrests. Her aunt says Keiosha told her she didn't like staying with her aunt Patricia. Lewis never understood why.
"I put two and two together, you know, why would she be uncomfortable at her aunt's house? She never told me exactly why," said Lewis.
Family members are relieved police have made arrests and are making progress, but still no sign of Keiosha. Lewis says Keiosha is a tough girl and believes wherever she is, she's trying to get back home.
"I'm hoping and praying that she's fighting. If she's out there, I hope she's okay," said Lewis.
07/26/2012 06:17 PM by Tonya LaCoste
According to arrest affidavits for family members arrested in Keiosha Felix's case, Patricia Andrus and Portia Felix are accused of lying to investigators while being questioned about Keiosha's disappearance. Keiosha was in state custody, and disappeared from her Aunt Patricia and cousin Portia's home on April 30. She was at Andrus' house on a weekend pass. Portia is charged with obstruction of justice, and Andrus is charged with accessory to rape and improper supervision. They are the last two people who saw the 15 year old before she went missing.
The affidavit states that on July 25, Duson police questioned Portia several times, asking her why she lied and made police believe family was in contact with Keiosha. "Portia stated she don't know why she did it." According to the document, Lt. Gerald Credeur accuses Portia of lying to police during several interviews. The affidavit confirms police initially considered Keiosha a runaway and not a missing person since family claimed to be in touch with her.
Patricia Andrus' arrest affidavit alleges Andrus lied about her boyfriend, Leon Wilkerson, being accused of raping Keiosha. When Lt. Credeur asked her again, "Andrus started crying." The document alleges Keiosha told her aunt there was some innapropriate sexual contact. When asked if Wilkerson raped Keiosha, "Ms. Andrus continued to cry and would not answer." Andrus said she didn't report the alleged rape to police and the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services, because Wilkerson told her it wasn't true, "so she left it alone," according to the affidavit.
Both Portia and Andrus have bonded out of jail.
07/26/2012 04:32 PM by KATC
Averlock Investigations is a Lafayette-based company who has volunteered their services to locate Keiosha Felix, the missing 15-year-old girl from Duson. If you have information, call Duson Police or investigators at 337-944-4222.
07/26/2012 02:33 PM by Tonya LaCoste
Duson Police believe 15-year-old Keiosha Felix's life is in danger, according to Police Chief Frank Andrew. Two members of Felix's family were arrested in the case. Portia Felix is charged with obstruction of justice and has bonded out of jai. Patricia Andrus is charged with accessory to rape and improper supervision.
07/26/2012 11:46 AM by KATC
Officials have released the mugshots of Portia Felix and Patricia Andrus. They were arrested by Duson police in connection with the Keiosha Felix case. Portia Felix is charged with obstruction of justice, while Andrus is facing charges of accessory to rape and improper supervision. Felix and Andrus are Keiosha's cousin and aunt, respectively. They are also the last two people who saw the 15 year old before she went missing on April 30.
According to Duson's police chief, officials hope to give an update on Keiosha Felix's disappearance at around 2:00 this afternoon. KATC's Jenise Fernandez is there and will have the latest as soon as it's available.
07/26/2012 10:48 AM
According to Duson's Police Chief, they hope to give an update on the disappearance of Keiosha Felix around 2:00 this afternoon. KATC's Jenise Fernandez is there and will have the latest, as soon as it's available.
07/25/2012 10:40 PM by Jim Hummel
Two members of Keiosha Felix's family are under arrest in connection with the Duson teenager's disappearance.
After hours of questioning, Portia Felix and Patricia Andrus were arrested by Duson Police. Felix is charged with obstruction of justice in the case, while Andrus is facing charges of accessory to rape and improper supervision. Felix and Andrus are Keiosha's cousin and aunt, respectively. They are also the last two people who saw the 15 year old before she went missing on April 30th.
The pair were questioned after Andrus' boyfriend, 43 year old Leon Wilkerson, was arrested for 2nd degree kidnapping and simple rape. Wilkerson was arrested in Zachary, LA on Tuesday.
Once Wilkerson is transferred to Acadiana, he'll be held on $350,000 bond. Bond has not yet been set for Andrus and Felix.
07/25/2012 04:24 PM by KATC
Leon Wilkerson Jr., 43, was arrested in Zachary, LA on two warrants out of Lafayette Parish on second-degree kidnapping and simple rape. Law enforcement officials tell us this is in connection with the Keiosha Felix disappearance. Wilkerson was arrested on Tuesday, July 24th in Zachary, LA and is in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail. Police say they still have not located 15-year-old Keiosha Felix. She was first reported missing April 30, 2012.
07/25/2012 12:41 PM
Duson Police say they have made an arrest in connection with the disappearance of Keiosha Felix. There's still no word on Felix's location. Because of the ongoing investigation, police won't say who was arrested or what charges the person will face. The person of interest police are speaking to is in jail in East Baton Rouge Parish. They are still gathering new evidence at this time and don't expect an update until tomorrow morning.
Police are asking anyone who has spoken to Felix or has firsthand knowledge of Keiosha being in the Fightinville area at a Ms. Darlene's home or the Ossun area, to call
Duson Police at 337-873-6736 or 337-232-9211.
07/23/2012 06:06 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Fifteen-year-old Keiosha Felix has been missing for three months. She was last seen at her aunt's house in Duson. Duson police say they thought she was a runaway because one side of the family said they had been in contact with her, but after talking to other members of her family, police say no one has heard from Felix. Police are now looking into why some family members initially said they talked to her. Assistant police chief Gerald Credeur says a person of interest, the boyfriend of a relative, has been questioned. He's not charged with a crime.
Keiosha Felix's aunt Lena Lewis believes Felix's disappearance is suspicious. She says Felix was a typical teenager, often using her cell phone and Facebook, but since she disappeared, she hasn't used either.
"No one has heard anything. She wouldn't just confine herself and hide," said Lewis.
Lewis describes Felix as a happy teenager who loved her family. She now wants answers from family members who said they heard from Felix, when in fact, they hadn't.
"Why would you say someone is speaking to you when they're not? That just seems suspicious, why would you say that? Her sister is her best friend. If there's anyone she'd call it would be her because they talked every single day," added Lewis.
Felix is in state custody under the Department of Children & Family Services. Family and police say she ran away once before, was gone for two days and called family to let them know she was safe. It's a different story this time.
"She'd be with other girls her age hanging out walking around, but no one has seen her. Nothing."
Felix has a one-year-old baby girl. Lewis says if Keiosha did run away, she wouldn't have left her baby behind.
"She loves her baby. There's no way that she would leave without knowing how her baby was doing and what was going on with her baby."
07/23/2012 01:34 PM
The case of Duson runaway Keiosha Felix is now upgraded to a missing person's case. KATC's Jenise Fernandez is on her way to a 2:00 news conference at the Duson Police Dept. As we get information, we'll pass it on and she'll have reports at 5 and 6.
07/16/2012 06:18 PM by Tonya LaCoste
The family of 15-year-old Keiosha Felix told police they've had some contact with the 15-year-old girl. Duson Police tell KATC the girl ran away from home, and has indicated to her family that she is okay. Duson Police are treating this is a runaway case and not a suspicious disappearance. Police do not believe the girl's life is in danger.
07/15/2012 07:51 PM by Erin Steuber
Sadly, another missing person case to tell you about. 15 year-old Keiosha Felix, went missing April 30th in Duson, and she hasn't been seen since,if you have any information on her whereabouts, get in touch with the Duson Police Department.
And with Keiosha, Mickey and Dylon in mind, a special prayer service was held at Lafayette's Harvest Center Church.
"Please call us, get involved. Let's really wrap our arms around this city. But we can't do it by ourselves," said Reverend Daniel Kelly. "I don't want person to go missing on our watch. We need the whole community working together, whether it's white or black. We've gotta' come together and make a stand against the violence in this city."