April 22, 2022

Police: Bus ticket ties missing Jackson State University student to NYC

Therese Apel

Kamilah Fipps

Jackson State University Police Chief Herman Horton looked concerned beneath his usual stoic countenance on Friday as he talked about missing JSU student Kamillah Fipps.

A Silver Alert was issued for the 21-year-old late Thursday after Horton says she was reported missing by another concerned student.

From what police can tell, a Greyhound bus ticket from Jackson to New York City was purchased on Wednesday afternoon, though so far they’re not sure if the ticket was bought by Fipps. They do know, however, that it was her card. Horton said police continue to track that card and are asking for help from New York and other jurisdictions to find out what the movements mean.

The concerned student, Horton said, told police that Fipps had been missing since Tuesday, and felt led to let police know that someone should make contact with her. Investigators began reaching out to family and friends to find out what Fipps might be doing if she left willingly.

“We are trying to determine if she in fact arrived there by herself or with someone,” Horton said. “We’ve been in constant contact with her mother, encouraging her to give us a call if she hears something and she’s been doing that.”

Horton said there are videos from the campus surveillance system, but if anyone has any other information, police would greatly appreciate it if they would come forward.

“When this all began, we initially got approval from the mother to issue a silver alert, then reached out to our local partners to get their assistance in making this statewide, and now it has reached a national level,” Horton said. “We appreciate it going to that length.”

Horton said Fipps’ mother is very concerned for her daughter.

Kamilah Fipps is a black female, 5’5″, weighing 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eves.

She was last seen Tuesday at about 6:30 pm in the 1400 block of J.R Lynch Street.

JSU police are asking anyone who might have any information to call 601-979-2580.

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