Author: Erika Marie

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MISSING [06/23/1998] — Patrece Lashelle Alston Took A Ride With a Killer & Vanished

Those who came in contact with Lucious Boyd and survived without tragic incident should count themselves lucky. 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 with him. 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 5’5″ tall and 123 pounds. She had black 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.

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MISSING [06/26/2014] — Trukita Jaquita Scott Never Showed Up to Pick Up Her Children From Daycare

Daycare workers were growing concerned for two sibling toddlers, C.J. and Monai, who were left in their care. Their mother, Trukita “Kita” Jaquita Scott, was due to pick them up at 2:00 p.m. on June 25, 2014, but she didn’t show up. Around 4:00 p.m. that same day, Trukita sent a text message to her fiancé, Al Livingston, telling him she loved him before her phone was shut off. Mysteriously, the following day, the Ft. Lauderdale resident’s cell phone was turned on once again. Yet, no one has been able to locate or contact Trukita in years.

“My heart sank when she didn’t answer the phone,” Trukita’s mother, Kengeral Allen-Scott told the Sun Sentinel. She called her daughter 23 times on the day she disappeared and said she knew that something wasn’t right.

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During the investigation, police checked on the location of her cell and it showed that the mobile pinged at varying locations around the south of Florida. As loved ones waited impatiently for news, investigators were notified that the 24-year-old’s vehicle, a gold 2007 Nissan Altima, was located in Miami abandoned in a Liberty City neighborhood. Video surveillance at Trukita’s U-Haul job showed her leaving before heading out to Liberty City to meet up with her ex-boyfriend, also the father of her son, Carl Monty Watts. Trukita also worked as a caregiver for mentally disabled adults and had dreams of one day working as a police officer.

“She didn’t want to work anywhere else,” Miami Gardens Police Officer Carmelo Garcia said. “She grew up here; she knew a lot of people. She wanted to make changes.”

Of course, Watts became a person that the police were interested in speaking with. His criminal history didn’t help him either, as he had been previously arrested on charges of kidnapping and sex offenses. It came to light that his relationship with Trukita was often violent, with witnesses claiming that Watts was physically abusive.

Jeffrey Davis, Trukita’s supervisor, told NBC Miami that after witnessing years of arguments between the couple, he had to file a restraining order against Watts to keep him from showing up at Trukita’s job.

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“He used to try and grab her and take her outside and I would have to confront him,” Davis said. “She even said one day she had the feeling she might not come back.”

Police searched for Watts but he was always one step ahead of them. Finally, weeks after anyone had contact with Trukita, Watts turned himself in to police to face charges of violating the conditions of his supervised release stemming from a federal weapons conviction. What was the violation, you ask? Well, just one month prior to Trukita’s disappearance, Watts was arrested and later charged with battery and false imprisonment for attempting to force a teenage girl into his car. She had been waiting at a bus stop. Relating to that case, Watts pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 11 months in prison and was released after serving that term.

“He was crying. He was very upset because he sees me upset,” MissEllison, Watts’s mother, told NBC Miami in 2014. “He said, ‘I had nothing to do with Kita’s disappearance.'”

As far as Watts’s statements regarding Trukita’s missing person case was concerned, they weren’t consistent at all. Initially, Watts told police that he did see Trukita the afternoon she disappeared. However, police knew that wasn’t true because they already had evidence that proved at that time Trukita was out running errands with her mother. When confronted with that information, Watts switched up his story and said that he had never met up with her. It was later revealed through phone records that the former couple spoke that day and Watts was in or around Liberty City, where Trukita’s vehicle was found.

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Livingston, Trukita’s fiancé, now has custody of their daughter Monai.

“She’s always saying her mom is with God. She asks about her mom every single day,” said Livingston. “The older she gets, the more she remembers and she’s not letting go of it.”

“We do investigations based on physical evidence, as opposed to hunches or a gut instinct, and that is what we’re looking for – physical evidence that will lead us to where Miss Scott is,” police spokeswoman Deanna Greenlaw said.

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No charges have been filed in Trukita’s case, and she is still a missing person. At the time of her disappearance, Trukita was 5’6″ tall and 135 pounds. She had black hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a khaki U-Haul uniform shirt, black pants, and black Reebok sneakers. Trukita also has a number of tattoos, including the name “Alfred” on her abdomen, a butterfly on her lower abdomen, the word “Loyalty” on her chest, and a rose in the center of her chest. Both of her ears are pierced.

 

Anyone with information concerning this case is urged to contact the Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous.

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MISSING [11/26/2017] — Stevencia Barlatier Was Pregnant When She Went Missing Around Thanksgiving 2017

As I researched the disappearance of Stevencia Barlatier, I was left with more questions than answers. It isn’t abnormal for sources to have bits and pieces that are different, but the information provided for Stevencia’s case is just baffling.

What we do know is that the pregnant 21-year-old disappeared from Orlando, Florida around Thanksgiving 2017. Now, according to NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System), Stevencia was 18 weeks along in her pregnancy. However, WESH 2 News reports that the young mother was due in December. Also, NamUs claims that Stevencia “was last seen buying a sandwich at the Publix located at 1400 E. Colonial Drive,” but The Charley Project, a website database of missing persons, reported and the Orlando Police Department tweeted that she was last spotted at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies just a few days after Thanksgiving.

Three months after Stevencia disappeared, her cousin Britney Beauchard spoke with WESH 2 News and said the last time she had contact with Stevencia was on Thanksgiving Day [November 23, 2017] when they “FaceTimed for a little bit.” I found Stevencia’s Facebook profile, Unbreakable Stevencia NeavahAiden Barlatier, and her last post was on November 25. According to WESH 2 News, Britney was the one who filed a missing person report about Stevencia on December 31.

“We tried cellphones, we tried social media, nothing,” Britney was quoted as saying back in March 2018. “She’s not on nothing. Nothing at all.”

“I know her. She is like a social butterfly,” Britney continued. “She would talk to anybody. So, her not talking to nobody, that’s weird.”

Police tried tracking Stevencia’s cell phone and did get a ping to a home in Kissimmee, Florida, however, the members of the family there told investigators that had no idea who Stevencia was.

The case has remained at a standstill since that time.

Britney did briefly converse with someone in the comment section of one of Stevencia’s Instagram photos. Britney wrote, “Sleep in peace cousin I love u.” Someone replied to her saying, “I just saw on the news that this girl was a missing person so she passed away? The baby?” Britney told the person that the family doesn’t know what happened to Stevencia or “if she is dead yet” but “it’s just that feeling u get cause she wouldn’t up n leave like that.” She ended it by saying, “But she did lose the twins.” When I looked through a few of Stevencia’s Instagram photos, she does seem to confirm that she was pregnant with twins at the time of her disappearance, but there wasn’t definite clarity on the timeline of her pregnancy.

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“We just hope she is not out there dead or nothing,” Britney said. “That she’s OK. That’s what we’re most concerned about.”

At the time of her disappearance, Stevencia was approximately 5’5″ tall and 110 pounds (and pregnant). She had black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about her disappearance is urged to contact the Orlando Police Department at (407) 246-2470.

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