Natasha Keianna, a Black trans woman, went missing from her Detroit home soon after Christmas Day in 2020. Her family reported her missing and provided a description of her vehicle to local police.
Two weeks ago, residents along Coyle and Vassar reported an unknown vehicle parked near their homes. According to residents, police did not respond or check the car.
On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, they traced the car back to Natasha and discovered her body inside. She was two miles away from her home.
Police did not automatically suspect foul play and have requested an autopsy. Fair warning – most of the media uses her dead name.
Natasha’s mother spoke with reporters the day before her body was discovered
Natasha was 37 years old. She has a lively and vibrant social media presence that captures her exuberant life. She deserved better than this.
So here’s what I’m thinking
- Why did the police not crosscheck the reported vehicle against active missing persons reports?
- Why didn’t the police look in the car sooner?
- What changed and led them to check the car on Tuesday?
- Does it seem reasonable that she parked two miles from her residence and 1) experienced medical emergency 2) used drugs or alcohol that she could have used at home or 3) died by suicide? Can we simply rule out foul play?
I keep wondering about the missing persons report and the apparent 15 day lag. Shouldn’t those reports be crossfiled and checked by a computer? Is the local police department overwhelmed by COVID-19 staffing shortages? Isn’t that what you would expect if you filed a report about a loved one gone missing – that they would use the details you provide to CHECK THINGS? Isn’t that the point?
Rest in power, Natasha. Your life was so much more than these few articles describing your death. We will continue to seek justice for your.
May your memory be a revolution.