Six years ago today, Adre’anna Jackson walked out of her Tillicum apartment and headed for her fourth-grade class.
The 10-year-old didn’t know Tillicum Elementary School was closed because of the overnight snowfall. She never made it to the school.
And she was never seen alive after the morning of Dec. 2, 2005.
Adre’anna’s remains were discovered April 4, 2006, in a blackberry-choked, vacant lot less than two miles from her home.
The circumstances surrounding her death remain a mystery. (The News Tribune ran a story on the case and investigation in April. You can find it here. )
Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said Thursday that Adre’anna’s case remains an active investigation but he has yet to be able to pinpoint what happened to her.
“We really don’t know what happened to her other than she disappeared and died,” Lawler said.
Adre’anna’s parents, Yvette Gervais and Jon Federici, went to their daughter’s grave Thursday. They cleaned up her grave at Mountain View Memorial Park and spent some time there.
“We go out there as often as we can,” Gervais said by telephone Thursday. “We just miss her dearly.”
Gervais and Federici have left the Tillicum apartment where they were living when Adre’anna vanished. They now live in Parkland, Gervais said.
“It’s been tough for us but we are dealing with it,” she said.
On the anniversary of Adre’anna’s disappearance, her mother has a request.
“If anybody out there knows anything, please come out and say,” said Gervais, who added that she will spend today praying.
“We are hoping for the better for anyone else who has lost children recently,” she added.
Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers, the FBI and anonymous donors have offered up to $60,000for information leading to someone being arrested, charged and convicted in Adre’anna’s death. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.