Akia Shawnta Eggleston

Eggleston, circa 2017; Tattoo on Eggleston's back

  • Missing Since 05/03/2017
  • Missing From Baltimore, Maryland
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 09/06/1994 (25)
  • Age 22 years old
  • Height and Weight 4'8 - 4'11, 130 - 145 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A black jacket with gray sleeves, black and white yoga pants and black sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions Eggleston was eight months pregnant with a boy at the time of her disappearance. It was a high-risk pregnancy and the baby was breech; she was supposed to be on bed rest, and was going to have a Caesarean section.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Eggleston's ears are pierced. She has a tattoo of cherries on her left shoulder blade and a tattoo of building blocks and the name "Emery" on her upper left arm. A photo of the cherries tattoo is posted with this case summary.

Details of Disappearance

Eggleston was last seen in Baltimore, Maryland on May 3, 2017. She has never been heard from again. She was reported missing on May 7, after she didn't arrive at her baby shower. When her family checked her apartment, everything was gone except her bed and a few dressers. It looked as if she had moved out, but her family questioned her physical ability to do so, given her high-risk pregnancy; they stated they could barely even walk.

Eggleston's family didn't learn the identity of her unborn baby's father until after her disappearance; he is a friend of the family, and Eggleston, who lived with a female roommate, planned to move in with him. She has a daughter from a prior relationship and stayed active during her pregnancy in spite of her doctor's orders that she stay in bed. She had placed a $900 deposit for the baby shower.

Foul play is suspected in Eggleston's case. Her family doesn't believe she would have walked away and abandoned her daughter, especially so late in her pregnancy. Authorities have interviewed her unborn son's father but haven't named any suspects in her disappearance; it remains unsolved.

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated December 6, 2018; distinguishing characteristics updated.