Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Yasmine was last seen on the evening of January 15, in her West Side Chicago home in the Austin neighborhood. Her room was in the basement, where she was last seen doing a load of laundry.
Her sudden absence was out of character. The family believes someone entered the home and abducted Yasmine. The locks were found cut off an outside gate, and the basement door was forced open. Yasmine's room was left undisturbed.
She was an honor student at the time, and hung out at her neighborhood YMCA. Yasmin and her brother were adopted by their aunt, Rose Mae Starne, when the girl was 8.
Police have not made any arrests in her disappearance. Starnes and her family filed a formal complaint against the police in Yasmin's case, contesting CPD's claim that she was a runaway. About a year later police admitted they mishandled the initial investigation, but asserted de department had been pursuing the case.
In 2011, a newspaper investigation revealed that a man who lived in the apartment above Yasmin admitted to knowing what happened to the girl. Jimmie Terrell Smith moved into the same two-flat as Yasmin after serving 10 years in prison for attempted murder. He is now being held in Cook County Jail on charges unrelated to Yasmin's case.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Chicago Police Department
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Austin Weekly News 7/9/08