FBI announces $25,000 reward for info regarding missing mother
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Baltimore City Police, along with the FBI Baltimore Field Office announce a reward of up to $25,000 for information regarding the whereabouts of Akia Shawnta Eggleston.
Akia went missing in May, she was eight months pregnant and on bed rest when she disappeared.
When Akia didn't show up for her baby shower May 7th, her family knew something was wrong, they raced to her home to find Akia and her belongings, gone.
Her family says Akia's disappearance was suspicious from the moment they realized she was gone. She hadn't told anyone she was leaving, pieces of her furniture were still in the house, and there was a noticeable hole in the wall.
The family said police initially told them because of her age, there wasn't much that could be done if she left on her own free will.
In July, City Police said they had reason to believe that foul play was involved in Akia's disappearance. They released surveillance footage of the expectant mother at a local bank on May 3rd, that was the last time anyone heard from her.
The FBI put her on a list that would alert them if she went to a hospital in labor, they never got a notification.
At a vigil last month, Akia's father Shawn Wilkinson asked the public for help, "We need that one individual to step forward and give us some closure."
At that vigil, the family said they uncovered a clue of their own, “Someone said they found something over here,” said Akia’s father. “I went behind the bush. I flipped it over with my foot to see what it said. It was her bank card."
Wilkinson said police responded to the home and seized the card.
Friends say Akia was excited about becoming a mother again, and would have never left her two year old daughter willingly.
The family hopes that someone will come forward with information, to help them find their loved ones. “The hope is someone will be touched. Their heart, their conscience,” said Wilkinson.
Tips can be submitted anonymously by calling the FBI (410) 265-8080, Baltimore City Homicide Detectives (410) 396-2100, or Metro Crime Stoppers I-877-LOCKUP.