It’s always difficult to report on cases about missing minors, especially those that are preteens and in their early teens. Sometimes, kids that fall into this age group can run away from home only to return. However, some children that police classify as runaways haven’t left their homes voluntarily. Unfortunately, they’re too often dismissed as rebellious kids who took off on their own and their cases go untouched, and unsolved, for years. It’s not clear what category 13-year-old Jadekiss McNeal falls into, but no one has had contact with the young girl since sometime in 2015 or 2016.
There are a few inconsistencies regarding Jadekiss McNeal and her missing person case. A report states the last time her family saw her was in December 2015, in Pensacola, Florida, however, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan claims a missing person report wasn’t filed until March 2016. The 13-year-old and her older sister, Jasmine Forney, had been living with their grandmother following the death of their mother. According to Jasmine, it was December 21, 2015, when she last saw Jadekiss sometime in the evening. Jasmine was washing the dishes at her grandmother’s house and Jadekiss walked outside and sat on the front porch. It didn’t seem out of the ordinary, but Jasmine said Jadekiss McNeal never returned.
About 10 days later, Jadekiss’s family claims that a mysterious bag was dropped off at their home. They don’t know who put it there, but the bag reportedly contained the clothing that Jadekiss McNeal was last seen wearing when she disappeared, along with multiple cellphones. The teen’s family claims they reported Jadekiss missing that day. It’s unclear why they waited for 10 days before they alerted authorities of the Jadekiss’s disappearance.
Sheriff Morgan counters the family’s claim. He says police weren’t told about Jadekiss McNeal until March 2016, nearly three months later. The Department of Child and Family Services was doing a regular, standard welfare check because the minors had been placed with a family member. When DCFS arrived, Jadekiss McNeal couldn’t be located and she was reported missing. Additionally, authorities further stated that it wasn’t until 2018 that they were given this mysterious bag with Jadekiss’s clothing and phones. That’s two years after the official missing person report was filed and when police questioned Jadekiss’s grandmother about the bag, she reportedly told them that it was just some old clothes, not the clothes she was wearing when she vanished.
It’s reported that Jadekiss’s family has “reached out for help from Milton Search and Rescue, a nonprofit without any affiliation to Santa Rosa County government services or any local law enforcement agency.” There are some who believe that Jadekiss is a runaway who traveled to Las Vegas or Louisiana. The teen’s family continues to search for her and none of Jadekiss’s relatives are named as suspects or persons of interest in her case.
At the time of her disappearance, Jadekiss McNeal stood 4 feet 9 inches tall and was 120 pounds. She had brown hair and brown eyes. Jadekiss’s hair was styled in individual braided extensions. Her nickname is “Jada” ad she may go by the name “Jadakiss.” She would be 18-years-old at the time of this publication.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST), the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at 850-436-9620, or their local authorities.
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