Pregnant woman’s family looks for answers 4 years after disappearance

There are still questions in Baltimore about what happened to a pregnant mother who disappeared four years ago.Akia Eggleston never showed up to her baby shower in 2017 and hasn’t been seen since.Police have never announced a possible suspect or person of interest in Eggleston’s disappearance. WBAL-TV 11 News spoke with her family who said not knowing what happened is unbearable.”I can’t even count the days, the minutes, the hours, the seconds,” said Shawn Wilkinson, Eggleston’s stepfather.For Wilkinson and her entire family — the four years since she’s been missing have felt like an eternity.”What more could I have done if I had known more? Or what more could anybody have done if they had known more about the situation?” Wilkinson said.Eggleston was 22 years old, eight months pregnant and the mother to a 2-year-old daughter when she disappeared in May 2017.She was last seen on May 3 when she was captured on surveillance camera at a bank in the Inner Harbor.Her friend later dropped her off at her home on Cherrycrest Road in Cherry Hill.”As far as we know, the last person who saw her was the young lady who dropped her off at her home and the text conversation that she had with her grandmother on that evening, so those are the last two things that we know. After that, the storyboard goes blank,” Wilkinson said.The family reported Eggleston missing when she didn’t show up for her baby shower four days later on May 7.Her pregnancy was high-risk and a month after she went missing, police announced that they suspected foul play.Now, four years later, police said the investigation is ongoing, especially as there are other missing person cases getting attention β€” nationwide β€” Wilkinson is determined to keep Eggleston’s case top of mind.”We’ve been hearing about the Gabby Petito case and all of the hoopla over all of the attention that she’s getting, but yet we still have so many Black and brown young men and women out there that get no coverage at all,” Wilkinson said.Wilkinson said Eggleston was expecting a boy and she never would have abandoned her daughter.”She did not walk off. She did not leave her daughter. Someone’s going to have to step forward answer the police — know either what happened or who they should be looking into to find out what happened to Akia,” he said.The case was featured in People magazine, along with other missing mothers, in September.Anyone with information that could help is urged to call Baltimore police or the FBI Baltimore field office at 410-265-8080.

There are still questions in Baltimore about what happened to a pregnant mother who disappeared four years ago.

Akia Eggleston never showed up to her baby shower in 2017 and hasn’t been seen since.

Police have never announced a possible suspect or person of interest in Eggleston’s disappearance. WBAL-TV 11 News spoke with her family who said not knowing what happened is unbearable.

“I can’t even count the days, the minutes, the hours, the seconds,” said Shawn Wilkinson, Eggleston’s stepfather.

For Wilkinson and her entire family — the four years since she’s been missing have felt like an eternity.

“What more could I have done if I had known more? Or what more could anybody have done if they had known more about the situation?” Wilkinson said.

Eggleston was 22 years old, eight months pregnant and the mother to a 2-year-old daughter when she disappeared in May 2017.

She was last seen on May 3 when she was captured on surveillance camera at a bank in the Inner Harbor.

Her friend later dropped her off at her home on Cherrycrest Road in Cherry Hill.

“As far as we know, the last person who saw her was the young lady who dropped her off at her home and the text conversation that she had with her grandmother on that evening, so those are the last two things that we know. After that, the storyboard goes blank,” Wilkinson said.

The family reported Eggleston missing when she didn’t show up for her baby shower four days later on May 7.

Her pregnancy was high-risk and a month after she went missing, police announced that they suspected foul play.

Now, four years later, police said the investigation is ongoing, especially as there are other missing person cases getting attention β€” nationwide β€” Wilkinson is determined to keep Eggleston’s case top of mind.

“We’ve been hearing about the Gabby Petito case and all of the hoopla over all of the attention that she’s getting, but yet we still have so many Black and brown young men and women out there that get no coverage at all,” Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson said Eggleston was expecting a boy and she never would have abandoned her daughter.

“She did not walk off. She did not leave her daughter. Someone’s going to have to step forward answer the police — know either what happened or who they should be looking into to find out what happened to Akia,” he said.

The case was featured in People magazine, along with other missing mothers, in September.

Anyone with information that could help is urged to call Baltimore police or the FBI Baltimore field office at 410-265-8080.