Posted: May 1, 2013 11:58 AM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
Updated: May 1, 2013 12:01 PM
Over the past year, the story of 16-year-old Keiosha Felix's disappearance has been rocked with several twists and turns, but very few leads.
In the months following her disappearance, four people were arrested, including two family members, but charges were later dropped.
The lead investigator in the case eventually lost his job amid accusations of handling the case improperly, and the investigation has since been turned over to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, which says the case has gone cold.
Keiosha had just turned 15 when she went missing on April 30, 2012, and friends and family held a vigil marking the one-year anniversary of her disappearance on Wednesday.
The family has been pushing for awareness of this case, and they're holding up the best they can. On Wednesday, friends and family stood united with determination that they'll find her.
Even after a year, hope for Keiosha's safe return has not dimmed and rang loud and clear on Wednesday. Friends and family, like Keiosha's aunt Lena Lewis remain determined to find her.
"Keiosha if you're looking at this please come back home, you know we miss you, we love you," Lewis said at a press conference earlier this month.
Investigators have spent more than 2,000 hours on the case, but still no answers on where she could be. They're currently looking for a man who was captured on surveillance buying a SIM card for a cell phone. Keiosha's password may have been used to activate that device.
"To some degree we believe that, and once we talk to this guy and determine who he gave that device to, then we can determine that for sure," said Sheriff spokesman Capt. Kip Judice.
"The only thing we're asking if for the public to help us and other families. If they only knew how much we hurt for our children," Keiosha's grandfather Joseph Narcisse said. "If something like that would happen to them, I wonder how they would take it."
Family friends like Tammy Charles, have spent the last year dedicating their time to finding Keiosha.
"I hope we go until we find her. Til' she comes home. People going to get tired of seeing our face. They may get tired of seeing the flyer, but for me personally, I can't give up on her," Charles said. "You know there are stories of people coming home after 18, 20 years. I can't give up."
Another issue in the case is whether Keiosha left voluntarily or not. Deputies have indicated they think Keiosha doesn't want to be found.
However it doesn't change the fact she's 16 years old and has not been in contact with her close family, including her own child, for a year now.