Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Lauryn was last seen September 7, 2010. She lived at the Raleigh Village Apartments, on Yale Road, with her mother at the time.
Shakara Dickens reported her daughter missing on September 15, telling police that she gave the child on September 7 to an unknown woman who arrived at her Raleigh apartment unannounced at the behest of the child's jailed father. Dickens told police that she had told the father that she could no longer care for Lauryn. He then sent the woman, she claimed. Dickens gave a thorough description of this woman: a 40- to 50-year-old white woman with gray, shoulder-length, straight hair parted in the center. She was wearing glasses, a white button-down blouse, khaki capri pants and white, closed-toe sandals.
However, police said in court documents that their investigation showed that the father had not spoken with Dickens since late August. Furthermore, calls from the jail to her phone had been permanently blocked. The inconsistent stories Dickens gave police included that she had given the child to the father's parents.
Other than Shakara Dickens, no one acknowledges having seen Lauryn Dickens since September 6. Dickens didn't report her daughter missing until Sept. 15. Police charged Shakara Dickens, 19, with aggravated child neglect and endangerment as well as false reporting. In March 2012 she was found guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter. Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Memphis Police Department (Tennessee)
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The Commercial Appeal