Jarkeius, approximate photo date 2001 Age-progression to age 14 (approximate photo date 2014) Sketches of the abductors
Missing since: 10/18/2001
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 09/30/2000 (19)
Age at time of disappearance: 1 year old
Height / Weight: 2'0, 25 pounds
Description, clothing, tattoos, other identifying markings: A diaper and a red, white, and blue Tommy Hilfiger shirt.
Other characteristics: African-American male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Jarkeius's nicknames are Keery and Kisha, and some accounts spell his first name "Jakieries." His hair was styled in cornrows when he was last seen.
Details at time of disappearance: Jarkeius's parents were both in jail in October 2001, and he was being looked after by a babysitter, Gwendolyn Brown. Brown told police that he was abducted by three unidentified men during an early morning robbery of her home near southwest 296th Street and 158th Avenue in Miami, Florida on October 18, 2001.
The robbery, she said, took place while she walking her teenage daughter to the bus stop. Upon her return home, Brown was confronted by the three armed suspects and she and her live-in boyfriend, Jeffrey Cochran, were bound with duct tape while the robbers demanded money. Brown and Cochran later heard a single gunshot. When they were able to free themselves, the house had been ransacked and Jarkeius and several items were missing. The baby has never been seen again.
Composite sketches of the three abductors are posted with this case summary. They should all be considered armed and dangerous. A bloodstained mattress and blood-soaked sheets was found in the home after Jarkeius's abduction. There were bloodstains in other areas of the house as well. The blood was Jarkeius's. Investigators believe he may have been severely injured or killed.
Investigators have publicly expressed skepticism of Brown and Cochran's account. They did not call police for two hours after Jarkeius's alleged abduction they stated it took that long to get themselves free.
Several grams of cocaine were found in the residence after Jarkeius's presumed abduction, and Brown and Cochran were both arrested on drug charges. Cochran has an extensive criminal history. Jarkeius's mother states she believes she couple's story, however she thinks someone took Jarkeius and is looking after him.
Jarkeius has never been heard from again and his abductors have not been identified. The child's case remains unsolved.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Miami-Dade Police Department
Other information: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Naples Daily News
Pasco County and Florida's West Coast
Local 10 News
The Miami Herald
Psychic detective links:
Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated June 27, 2015 age-progression updated.