Jul 27, 2012 10:34 PM by Maddie Garrett

Community Coming Together in Search for Keiosha Felix; Vigil Sunday

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.


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