Ayellah Gbo Dzata Marshall

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Ayellah, circa 2005;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 22 (circa 2009)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 1, 2005 from Hawthorne, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 20, 1987
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 95 - 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Ayellah may use the alias Mia Hawkins. She has a birthmark near her left eye and her ears are pierced. Ayellah has the following tattoos: the name "Sahri" on her upper right shoulder, a rose on her upper left thigh, a heart with the name "Jeffrey" on her right thigh, and a black panther on her the left side of her upper back.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ayellah was last seen at a medical facility in Hawthorne, California on February 1, 2005. She has never been heard from again. She left her baby daughter in her parents' care. For several years after her disappearance, both authorities and Ayellah's parents believed she'd run away. She had gotten involved in drugs while she was a student at Hawthorne High School, and she had a history of running away.

    In the summer of 2010, police found Ayellah's high school identification in the Los Angeles home of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., who is suspected to be the serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper." A photo of Franklin is posted below this case summary. He's been charged with ten counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, but investigators don't believe these were his only victims. Several of the Grim Sleeper murders took place during the mid-1980s, then the crimes apparently ceased until 2002, when they began anew.

    Authorities found over 1,000 photos and several hundred hours of video in Franklin's home; the images depicted African-American females, both conscious and unconscious, many of them nude, aged between their teens and middle age. Investigators released 180 photos to the public in an attempt to identify them. Several of the women in the pictures turned out to be alive and well, and identified themselves to the police. Several sexually explicit pictures turned out to be of Rolenia Morris, whose identification was also found in Franklin's home. The families of Cathern Davis, Rosalind Giles, Lisa Knox and Anita Parker believe Franklin may have been involved in their disappearances. Those four women were involved with drugs and prostitution and they all frequented the location near Franklin's home where his presumed victims' bodies were found.

    Ayellah hasn't been declared a Grim Sleeper victim, but authorities continue to investigate her case and possible connection to Franklin. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

    Above: Lonnie David Franklin Jr.


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


    Source Information
    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Los Angeles Times
    CBS News
    America's Most Wanted
    The Huffington Post
    Los Angeles Police Department
    Intesections South LA


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 7, 2011; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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