Jarkeius, approximately 2001; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 14 (approximately 2014); Sketches of the abductors
Date reported missing : 10/18/2001
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 09/30/2000 (20)
Age at the time of disappearance: 1 year old
Height / Weight : 2'0, 25 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A diaper and a red, white, and blue Tommy Hilfiger shirt.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : 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.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : 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 at the time of disappearance: 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 information and links : ncy
Miami-Dade Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Florida Department of Law Enforcement