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Still Missing - Jaquilla Scales

Updated on April 6, 2017

Jaquilla Scales, Age 4

A Sad Anniversary

In September 2001 something terrible happened in our country, I know that most people are thinking about the anniversary of 9/11, but just a few days before that dreadful day, another horrible thing had already happened. A four year old girl just disappeared.

Jaquilla Scales

Jaquilla Scales was four years old the night she disappeared. She had been born to a teenage mother who was trying her best to raise her daughter with the help of her family. Jaquilla was spending time with her grandmother when she disappeared. Her grandmother had gone to sleep and woke up to her granddaughter missing,

The police and family and friends all turned up to search for Jaquilla. They searched their neighborhood and then the city. There were helicopters, cars, horses and dogs helping with the search. No trace was found of the precious little girl.

Soon Forgotten

The search continued into the next week. Then two planes flew into the World Trade Center in New York City, and the small girl in Wichita, Kansas was soon forgotten. Although the police kept the investigation going, everyone else had all but given up on even searching for Jaquilla. Her disappearance had been in the local newspaper quite a few times throughout the years, but there weren't many clues or leads that came from it, She had just vanished into thin air. But someone knows something. Someone needs to share information about this precious baby.

Jaquilla Scales, Age Progressed to 13 years old

Age Progression To Age 13

Jaquilla Scales would be 14 years old now. Possibly starting her first year of high school. The last time she was seen, she was in a light gown and her hair was braided with little plastic barrettes on the ends. She was missing her front teeth. She had a smile that would break your heart. She was an adorable child. That's the picture I will always remember.

Her picture was age progressed to age 13. She would still be a beautiful child. Still with the warm, engaging smile. Could probably still pull off the multiple braids, but would probably want a more grown-up hairstyle now.

Why Am I Doing This?

I did not know Jaquilla Scales or her family. I am not writing this because she was a friend or family. I am writing this because I see her smiling little face staring back at me every day of the week. Her picture, and contact information, is on a flyer in our workroom at school. I am writing this because she can't. I am writing this because, as a mother and grandmother, I can't even imagine the pain her family must be going through. I am writing this because, maybe - just maybe, someone who reads this will have some information about Jaquilla and maybe will be able to share that with the police and maybe she will be brought home. Maybe her family will get some closure.

If you have any information about Jaquilla - or any other missing child - contact:

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


© 2011 LaDena Campbell


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    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Ausseye - thanks for reading! I hope someone sees this and knows something about this young girl...I am hoping against hope that she is still alive...

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      5 years ago

      An ode to a beautiful face, has many sad overtones ……but I hope as you hope truth has a place of power.

      Hope you reach the piece of someone’s soul………..but alas the cold, frozen waste is mostly the winner.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      again these types of Hubs are so important.. you are doing a wonderful Christian thing Bless you :)

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      7 years ago

      I applaud you for your lovely intent and I hope and pray that this child will one day soon, be reunited wither her family........ Chris

    • Sneha Sunny profile image

      Sneha Sunny 

      7 years ago from India

      So sad to hear that.. I hope the family will get some clue about her. Thanks for bringing up this information to us. she is such a cute child and... I just hope she is alive.

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      7 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I hope she is alive and well and just doesn't know that she is a missing child...I hope she or someone she knows sees this and realize that she is missed and people here in Kansas love her and want her to come home

      Thank you for the comments!

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      7 years ago

      In my prayers with hope she is out there safe and will return where she belongs.

    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thanks for bringing this young girl's disappearance to our awareness. I hope she returns to the people who love and care about her.


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