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Patrece Lashelle Alston Took A Ride With a Killer & Vanished In 1998

The man believed to be responsible for her disappearance is currently sitting on death row for murder.

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Patrece Lashelle Alston Missing

Those who came in contact with Lucious Boyd and survived without tragic incidents should count themselves lucky. Police are hoping and police are hoping that Patrece Lashelle Alston didn’t meet an unfortunate fate. The Florida man was known as being trouble: a crack cocaine addict with a violent streak. Boyd was no stranger to the court system in the 1990s, being acquitted on multiple occasions on charges of rape (twice) and killing a male acquaintance, Roderick Bullard, following an argument over a vehicle. Of the latter, Boyd claimed self-defense.

220px-lucious_boydIn 1990, he was placed on probation following an incident where he choked his wife until she was unconscious. Two years later, he faced accusations of rape after a young woman told police that Boyd sexually assaulted her while they were on a date celebrating her 18th birthday. In the end, the teen decided not to prosecute so charges were never filed. The number of unsolved and unreported sexual assaults Boyd is responsible for are thought to be astronomical.

dawnie_1Dawnia Dacosta, 21, was a student who worked as a customer service representative for American Express and volunteered as a choir singer in her church. In early December 1998, Dawnia left her job around 10:00 p.m. and visited her church where she prayed until 1:00 a.m. On her way home, Dawnia ran out of gas on Interstate 95 and walked to a nearby Texaco gas station for help. A witness at the station told police that Dawnia looked frightened. It was reported that a church van with a black man driving pulled into the station behind her. Dawnia got into the van and drove off with the man, later identified as Boyd. He hit her in the head while she was in the vehicle then took her back to his apartment and beat her until he cracked her skull open. Boyd then stabbed her 36 times with a screwdriver, took her clothes off, raped her, and then wrapped her body in bags, sheets, and a shower curtain. He disposed of Dawnia’s remains by dumping them in an alley. The killer would later admit that while he was smoking drugs and high on crack, he ate part of Dawnia’s legs. It was also later revealed that Boyd worked as a handyman at a local church and used their van to assault and transport Dawnia.

Some of you may be asking, what does all of this have to do with Patrece Lashelle Alston? Well, before she vanished, the vivacious young woman dropped out of high school and lived with her sister where she helped care for her sister’s children. Just months before Dawnia’s vicious murder, Patrece disappeared from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The last person Patrece was seen with was Lucious Boyd as she was getting into a green Mazda. It was Boyd’s girlfriend’s car, but he allowed Patrece to drive that day on June 23, 1998. Although Patrece and Boyd were known acquaintances who spent time together often, they were not a couple. According to reports, Patrece and Boyd planned on driving on a 200-mile journey to Winter Haven, Florida. Witnesses told investigators that Patrece made it clear she intended to return the same day, but days went by without any word. Finally, Boyd returned alone and told inquiring minds that he didn’t know where Patrece was. He said she met two men and left with them.

Patrece has never been seen or heard from again.

ID PhotoDetectives suspect that they haven’t even begun to scratch the surface when it comes to delving into the crimes that Boyd is guilty of, some believing that he may even be a serial killer responsible for approximately 10 unsolved murders. Police connected Boyd to another missing Florida woman, Danielle Zacot, who was last seen getting into a sports car with a black man outside of a Winn-Dixie grocery store. Danielle worked for a printing company that often did business with Boyd’s family’s funeral home. For the murder of Dawnia Dacosta, Boyd was charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. He is currently awaiting execution and has yet to be charged with any other crimes, including the disappearances of Patrece Alston and Danielle Zacot.

At the time of her disappearance, Patrece Alston was 5 feet 5 inches tall and 123 pounds. She had black/dark brown hair, brown eyes, a tattoo on her abdomen, and a tattoo on her right shoulder. Unfortunately, the only publicly available photos of Patrece are so distorted that they cannot make out further details of her appearance.

Anyone with information concerning the disappearance of Patrece or about the crimes of Lucious Boyd is urged to contact the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department at (954) 828-5700 or their local authorities.

Please share this story about Patrece Lashelle Alston to continue the discussion about her missing person case and Lucious Boyd’s crimes against women. She is our sister and her life matters.


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1990s

Rasheeyda Wilson, 9, Disappeared In 1991 While On A Walk

She spent the day playing with a friend & was last seen leaving her house in the afternoon.

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Rasheeyda Wilson Missing

Those of us “Gen Xers” or “Millennials” will remember the days of our childhoods when we were urged to play outside, usually until the street lights came on. It’s assumed that was what 9-year-old Rasheeyda Wilson was doing on July 15, 1991, when she was playing on the fire escape of an apartment building with her friend. It’s reported that the landlord saw the girls and told them that needed to play somewhere else because the fire escape was a dangerous place for kids, and so they quickly left and parted ways, with Rasheeyda heading to her home.

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