Iyana Michelle Sawyer

Iyana, circa 2018; Johnathan Quiles

  • Missing Since 12/19/2018
  • Missing From Jacksonville, Florida
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race Black
  • Date of Birth 09/06/2002 (21)
  • Age 16 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'8, 120 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white hooded sweatshirt that says "PINK", light blue jeans and black and white Adidas shoes. Carrying two bags.
  • Medical Conditions Iyana was five months pregnant at the time of her disapearance.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Iyana's ears are pierced.

Details of Disappearance

Iyana was last seen at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, Florida on December 19, 2018. She left campus at lunchtime, never returned to school and has never been heard from again.

Her uncle, Johnathan Joyco Quiles, is believed to have been the father of her unborn child. A photo of him is posted with this case summary. Iyana and other relatives had stayed at his home, for weeks at a time. After she went missing, he was charged with sexual battery against another girl, also a relative.

According to court documents, the offense occurred when the fourteen-year-old alleged victim was at Quiles's home babysitting his daughter. The offense happened in mid-December 2017. The victim told her mother about a year later, after Iyana went missing, and they reported it to the police.

While Quiles was in jail on this charge in January 2019, he reportedly told an inmate he may have gotten Iyana pregnant. Police also found a four-page love letter on Iyana's computer, which they believe was about her uncle. The letter said she wanted to run away with him.

Later that month, Quiles was named as a suspect in Iyana's disappearance. In August, he was charged with two counts of murder and one count of sexual battery in her case. According to the indictment, the murder may have been committed with a firearm.

Investigators believe Quiles killed Iyana at the ACE Pick-A-Part on Main Street where he worked. They think the motive was that he didn't want anyone to find out he was the father of her baby. He confessed to the murder in police interviews, reportedly admitting he had choked Iyana because she "wasn't dying right" and he didn't want to look at her.

Police searched a landfill on Otis Road for weeks, looking for her body. They didn't find it, but did find textbooks from Terry Parker High School.

At the time of her disappearance, Iyana was a straight-A student; she was on track to graduate high school early and had already won multiple scholarships. Her family had accepted her pregnancy and never believed she would have run away from home. Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

Investigating Agency

  • Jacksonville Sheriff's Office 904-630-0500

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated February 9, 2020; casefile added.