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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Jarkeius, circa 2001;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 14 (circa 2014)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 18, 2001 from Miami, Florida
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: September 30, 2000
  • Age: 1 year old
  • Height and Weight: 2'0, 25 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Jarkeius's nicknames are Keery and Kisha, and some accounts spell his first name "Jakieries." His hair was styled in cornrows when he was last seen.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A diaper and a red, white, and blue Tommy Hilfiger shirt.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jarkeius's parents were both in jail in October 2001, and he was being looked after by a babysitter, Gwendolyn Brown. Brown told police that he was abducted by three unidentified men during an early morning robbery of her home near southwest 296th Street and 158th Avenue in Miami, Florida on October 18, 2001. The robbery, she said, took place while she walking her teenage daughter to the bus stop. Upon her return home, Brown was confronted by the three armed suspects and she and her live-in boyfriend, Jeffrey Cochran, were bound with duct tape while the robbers demanded money. Brown and Cochran later heard a single gunshot. When they were able to free themselves, the house had been ransacked and Jarkeius and several items were missing. The baby has never been seen again.

    Composite sketches of the three abductors are posted below this case summary. They should all be considered armed and dangerous. A bloodstained mattress and blood-soaked sheets was found in the home after Jarkeius's abduction. There were bloodstains in other areas of the house as well. The blood was Jarkeius's. Investigators believe he may have been severely injured or killed.

    Investigators have publicly expressed skepticism of Brown and Cochran's account. They did not call police for two hours after Jarkeius's alleged abduction; they stated it took that long to get themselves free. Several grams of cocaine were found in the residence after Jarkeius's presumed abduction and they were both arrested on drug charges. Cochran has an extensive criminal history. Jarkeius's mother states she believes she couple's story, however; she thinks someone took Jarkeius and is looking after him.

    Jarkeius has never been heard from again and his abductors have not been identified. The child's case remains unsolved.

    Sketch 1 Sketch 2 Sketch 3
    Above Images: Sketches of the abductors

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Miami-Dade Police Department
    305-471-8477

    OR
    305-418-7200

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    Naples Daily News
    Pasco County and Florida's West Coast
    Local 10 News
    The Miami Herald

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 27, 2015; age-progression updated.

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