Inisha V. Fowler

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Left: Inishia, circa 1998
(ten years prior to her disappearance; more recent photos are unavailable);
Right: Age-progression to age 17 (circa 2015)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 11, 2006 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 23, 1998
  • Age: 7 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Inisha and Ivon Fowler are twins, the offpring of Patricia Fowler. A photo of Patricia is posted below this case summary. The twins' disappearances were discovered in the summer of 2016. On June 20, police went to the Fowler home on Bryant Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with orders from Allegheny County's Department of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) to remove all of Patricia's children from her custody. She was under investigation for medical neglect of four of her children; all of them have serious medical conditions and they had missed approximately six dozen medical appointments in total. The police removed the four children they found at the home, but on July 6 the CYF agency officials told them there were supposed to be six children. Both police and CYF were unable to find either Ivon or Inishia, who would have been seventeen years old by this time.

    Details regarding the twins' disappearances are extremely sketchy. September 11, 2006 is the listed date of disappearance; they were seven years old at the time. However, family members haven't seen them since 2002 or 2003, when they would have been toddlers, and two landlords who rented to Patricia between 2006 and 2015 are sure Ivon and Inisha never lived with her. The only available photograph was taken when Ivon and Inisha were infants. When questioned about her children's whereabouts, Patricia told several different stories, including that they were living with various friends or relatives in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. At one point she claimed she'd sold Inisha and Ivon to a casual acquaintance named "Barbara" for $2,000 each. Patricia retracted this statement when she was told it was a criminal offense to sell a child. Police have been unable to verify any of her explanations for her son and daughter's whereabouts.

    In a interview with WTAE, a Pittsburgh television station, Patricia stated a "Sheryl Willis", a friend of the family, had "stepped in and helped" and taken them, initially to North Carolina, about "ten years back." She said her children had moved with Willis to Georgia when they were thirteen. Patricia had not mentioned Willis's name to law enforcement. She told WTAE she is learning-disabled and became confused during the interrogation, but maintained "I didn't sell my kids and they're not missing."

    In August 2016, Patricia was charged with endangering the welfare of children, obstructing a child welfare investigation and concealing the whereabouts of the children. Later that same month her eighteen-year-old son, Datwon Fowler, was charged with intimation, relation or obstruction in child abuse cases, criminal conspiracy, obstructing administration of law or other government function, and giving false identification to law enforcement. He admitted he'd contacted police via a Facebook message and a cellular phone text message, both times claiming he was Ivon and that Ivon and Inisha were in the Atlanta, Georgia area. He told investigators he sent the messages so they would stop bothering him and his mother with questions about the twins' whereabouts. Photos of Datwon and Patricia are posted below this case summary.

    On November 8, 2000, when Ivon was two years old, he was severely burned over 46% of his body. His mother didn't call an ambulance until the next day, and he remained hospitalized until December 13. Patricia claimed Ivon's older brother had accidentally scalded him in the bath, and she never faced any charges in connection with the incident. The twins were both taken from Patricia's care after that incident, but they were returned within a couple of days. CYF continued to have contact with the Fowler after that, mostly involving Patricia's failure to make sure her children attended school.

    There is no record of Ivon or Inisha ever having been enrolled in school in Pennsylvania or other states, and none of the relatives police have been able to locate either had the children or knew their whereabouts. Two of the twins' siblings stated first one and then the other was simply "gone" one day. In spite of this, both Patricia and Datwon insist Inisha and Ivon are alive and well. Their cases remain unsolved.

    Datwon Patricia
    Left: Datwon Fowler;
    Right: Patricia Fowler

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Penn Hills Police Department
    412-798-2011

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazettes
    WTAE
    WPXI
    The New York Daily News
    CBS Pittsburgh
    The Washington Post
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 9, 2017; middle initial added, details of disappearance updated.

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