MISSING — 10 Years Later, 16yo Shemika Cosey is Still Classified as an Endangered Runaway

Even those classified as runaways deserve our attention, especially when it’s been ten years with no word from them.

Such is the case of Shemika Keyanta Cosey who went missing when she was 16-years-old back in 2008. It was in the month of December when Shemika was staying the night at her cousin’s house in Berkley, Missouri just a few days after Christmas. When everyone woke up in the morning, they noticed that Shemika was gone. Her clothing and personal items were left behind and the family saw that the front door was unlocked. Police suspect that Shemika left of her own accord somewhere between the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., however, they had no leads as to where the teen went or if she was traveling with someone else.


There were no signs of a struggle. Nothing in the home was out of place or disturbed. There weren’t any signs of foul play.

Paula Hill, Shemika’s mother, told STL Today “we never heard anything again. It’s like she vanished. We have nothing to go on.”

For 10 years, Shemika’s family have had more questions than answers. Investigators have labeled Shemika as an endangered runaway and shared that she frequents the East St. Louis area. Even though it has been a decade since Shemika’s family has had any contact with her, police have said that there is no foul play suspected in he case. The length of time that has passed has caused some to their tune. Was she lured out of the home by friends? A secret boyfriend? A predator?


Shemika, who also goes by the nickname “Mika,” is described as being about 5’5″ and 135 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a tan Old Navy jacket.

If you have any information regarding Shemika’s disappearance or believe that you’ve seen her in the last 10 years, please contact the Berkeley police, 314-524-3311. Her family has started the FB Page “Search For Shemika” in hopes to one day bring her home.

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