*UPDATE* The body of Kenisha Washington was found in a vacant lot the day before Thanksgiving. Her family said they received strange messages regarding her missing person case. It’s reported that there were no obvious signs of foul play, but an autopsy will reveal more information. Kenisha’s family believe she was a victim of murder.

“Kenisha Washington was my sister,” said Kenneth Washington. “My youngest sister. She was a young, bright soul. A great sense of humor. A beautiful person. She did not deserve this horrific crime. I’m asking people to come forward with any information they may have.”


A family is pleading for the public’s help in locating 24-year-old Kenisha Washington, a young woman from Kansas City, Missouri.

According to Kenisha’s mother LaVette Kelly, Kenisha was last seen in the area near 43rd Street and Sterling. On Facebook, she “checked in” at Taco Bell the day she disappeared. Kenisha never returned home and all calls to Kenisha have gone unanswered. Since her disappearance, all updates on her social media pages have ceased. This is LaVette’s worst nightmare.


“Her clothes, everything is still exactly like it is,” she said. “That is very strange.”

“Right now my heart is real heavy,” she said. “I’ve been keeping it in until nighttime.”

Kenisha has been treated for mental health issues in the past and LaVette claims that Kenisha is easily influenced. The missing woman’s family believes that she could have been misled, kidnapped, and is now being held against her will. They’ve gone throughout Kansas City posting flyers and speaking to residents, but they’ve turned up no additional leads to help police in locating Kenisha.

“I don’t want anybody taking advantage of her,” LaVette said.

Kenisha is known to frequent the area near 31st and Van Brunt Boulevard, and the Independence Avenue corridor.

“I don’t know where my child’s at,” her mother said. “I don’t know if she’s okay.”



Kenisha is 5’5″ tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She has multiples tattoos, including Marilyn Monroe’s face on her left arm and a bow tie on the upper right side of her chest. It is unknown what clothing she was wearing at the time of her disappearance.

Anyone with information regarding Kenisha’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit at 816-234-5136.

Please share this story regarding Kenisha to continue the conversation about her missing person case. She is our sister and her life matters.

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