Substance abuse is an unfortunate plaque that runs rampant through many black communities, and Kierra Westine Barnett found herself addicted to a number of vices. The 21-year-old’s mental illness partnered with her drug habits often found her on the wrong side of the law as she fell deeper into a hole of dependency and despair.
There has been little information released in her case, but let’s go over what we do know. The last day that anyone reported having contact with her was on December 20, 2006, at her home. Five days later on Christmas Day, a relative of Kierra’s filed a missing person report with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. Police investigated Kierra’s case and stated that they believe criminal activity is involved in her disappearance. They changed her status to an endangered missing person.
Crime Stoppers hoped that offering a $1,000 reward would be an incentive for anyone with information to come forward, but it’s been almost 12 years are detectives have no leads.
When it comes to Kierra’s description, reports differ. She’s described as being anywhere between 5’3″ to 5’8″ tall, but the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database lists her as the latter. She’s approximately 125 pounds with medium-length brown hair and brown eyes. She may spell her last name as “Barnette” or go by the name “Keima.”
Anyone with information that could help in Kierra’s case is urged to contact the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at 252-946-7111. You may also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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