October 14, 2021

Family Seeking Help To Spread Awareness of Missing Teen

Nicole McCardle

14-year-old Charkeria Covington, known as “Keira” to her friends and family, has been reported missing.

Keria left her residence at 4:00 a.m. on the morning of October 13. Soon after, she was reported as missing by her family.

She was last seen sitting with a group of kids on Ridgewood Road near Select Hospital in Jackson.

The 14-year-old was wearing a gray Nike hoodie and black jeans.

The family is seeking the public’s help in locating the missing minor.

Keira’s aunt, Gwen Smith, contacted Darkhorse Press on the morning of October 14, and released photos and information regarding the child.

According to family, there has been $300 taken off Keira’s card. Police are currently working to locate where the card was used.

Text messages were exchanged between Keira’s phone and Smith since the incident.

One particular string of texts shows messages from Keira’s phone asking for Smith to come pick her up at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland. Once Smith arrived Keira was nowhere to be found.

Family is working with multiple departments to locate the missing teen.

Sheriff Byron Swilley of Copiah County Sheriff’s Office is working parts of this case.

“We have the report right now as a runaway,” he said. “But we’re very concerned about the case due to her age.” “Family members have been able to talk with her on the phone. Which lead [investigators] to believe that she is ok.”

The family stressed that they believe the messages are not coming from Keira herself, and that she might be in danger.

If you know of Keira’s location, or have seen her, you can contact the Copiah County Sheriff’s Office at 601-894-3011, or your local law enforcement agency.

We will update the story as we receive more information.

Keira wearing the gray Nike hoodie she was last seen in.

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