A 4-year-old nicknamed “Grammy Boo” went to sleep in her Kansas home on Sept. 5, 2001. When her family went to check on her, she was gone and has been missing since.
Like many other news stories at the time, the case was swallowed up by the news cycle five days later. Terrorists struck New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. The nation's eyes turned towards that event and everything else fell by the wayside.
Including the disappearance of Jacquilla Scales.
“I don't want nobody to forget her. I want the world to remember my niece like they remember 9/11,” Jaquilla’s aunt Aletha Scholfield told KWCH in 2018.
On Sept. 5, 2001, the 4-year-old went to sleep at a house in Wichita, Kansas, according to KAKE. When relatives went to check on her, the child was gone.
“Who would just want to, just takes a child? Comes into my grandmother's back door and take her... for what? What did she do? What did I do? You know. I don't understand,” her mother, Eureka Scales told the station 17 years later.
There was no trace of what happened to Jacquilla Scales and she seemingly vanished. Family members put up posters and conducted searches, but they haven’t turned up information.
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Her case remains open and Wichita police told KWCH that any small piece of information could help crack the case.
"You hope you get that at some point in time. But when they're this old, you're basically hoping and praying that something... piece of information comes forward that helps with the case,” Captain Brent Allred told KWCH.
If Jacquilla Scales is alive, she would be 25 years old today and the family hopes that they will have answers someday.
“Just let her come home,” Eureka Scales told KAKE in 2018 said in 2018. “It's been so long now. She's 21. She's grown. What else can you all do with her? Let her come home. We miss her. We love her. We want her home.”
Jacquilla Scales had a scar on her upper right leg and a brown birthmark on her face when she went missing. Anyone with information can contact Wichita police at (316) 268-4111.
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