Years after Akeera “Kee Kee” Shanks lost her life after a driver ran her down on a road in Lehigh Acres, Florida, there still haven’t been any arrests made. Reports state that on October 22, 2017, Akeera and her ex-boyfriend had just gotten into an argument so she decided to walk home on her own. She was wearing her headphones and listening to music as she made her way down a dimly lit road and didn’t hear the vehicle coming directly at her.

According to Tiana Anda, Akeera’s older sister, Akeera had called their mother that evening. When no one was able to get into contact with the 29-year-old, her mother went searching for her in the area. “She drove around there, looking for her and calling her cell, but she didn’t answer,” said Tiana. “My mom had no clue that she was driving past her body.”

Akeera Shanks was reportedly found facedown on the pavement. Initially, authorities received a few leads that seemed promising. However, the case soon turned cold. With no witnesses or fresh leads to work with, Akeera’s case stalled.

“There’s someone out there that knows who that driver is,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers coordinator. “We just need them to come forward… Nothing is going to bring Kee Kee back to her family, but knowing the person who did this and holding them responsible will at least help the family move on and deal with this the best that they can.”

The Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers has offered a $3,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for Akeera’s death. Callers may remain anonymous.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run accident that took the life of Akeera Shanks is urged to contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or their local authorities.

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