Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Ashani was abducted by her grandparents who have since been taken into custody. The grandparents moved from Orlando, Florida to Tulsa, Oklahoma during the month of August, 1998 and Ashani has not been seen or heard from since. Authorities say just when Ashani disappeared is unknown, but they believe it was sometime between 1997 and 1999. New Jersey police arrested the Jacksons in 1988 for torturing their then 8-year-old son. The boy was found with bruises and burns all over his body after escaping the family's home. The couple posted bail and fled the state. They remained fugitives until their arrest in Tulsa in 2000. Tulsa County prosecutors charged Ernest and Kaia for a separate incident of child abuse. Kaia was sentenced to 35 years and is currently incarcerated in Oklahoma. Ernest was found not guilty but returned to New Jersey to serve just over six years in state prison for the 1988 case. Investigators developed information that Ashani Creighton was murdered in 1999. Her remains were later transported to Tulsa, where detectives believe she is buried near 61st and Mingo.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Orange County Sheriff's Office
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children