Posted: Aug 31, 2012 6:16 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Aug 31, 2012 6:20 PM
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.