Nicole Sherese Cearo

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Above Images: Cearo, circa 2009


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 30, 2009 from Seattle, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 5, 1989
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Cearo has a scar on one of her left fingers, tattoos on both legs and a tattoo on her upper left arm. A photo of the arm tattoo is posted below this case summary. She may use the alias names Cera Nicole Cearo and/or Keishan D. Rouse.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Gold rings.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Cearo was last seen in Seattle, Washington on March 30, 2009. On March 28, she was arrested for violating a no-contact order involving her boyfriend. Her boyfriend picked her up from the King County Jail on March 30. He is the last person known to have seen her. Her pastor, a friend of her family, reported her missing a few days later. Cearo received monthly public assistance checks which were held by her pastor, and he became concerned after she failed to pick up her check for April. The checks were Cearo's only source of income, and her landlords were attempting to evict her from her apartment for non-payment of rent.

    Cearo's public assistance was discontinued in June 2009 and she has made no attempt to reinstate it. She hasn't used her Social Security number since her disappearance, and all calls to her cellular phone go straight to voice mail. She was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to the Seattle area as a child. She has a minor criminal record for possession of alcohol by a minor and driving without a license or insurance. After her disappearance, she missed a court hearing in a domestic violence case and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

    Authorities believe Cearo was the victim of a homicide. She and her boyfriend reportedly had a violent relationship. Her boyfriend is a career criminal with 33 known arrests, and he jailed for auto theft after Cearo went missing. The boyfriend allegedly told an acquaintance he had killed Cearo. Investigators have searched for her body, without result. Cearo's disappearance remains unsolved.

    Above: Cearo's tattoo


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Seattle Police Department


    Source Information
    Washington State Missing Persons Search
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Unsolved in the News
    Black and Missing But Not Forgotten


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 3, 2010; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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