Kansas missing children: What happened to Jaquilla Scales?

Published: May. 2, 2018 at 8:02 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

You'll find Jaquilla Scales in the thousands of pictures on the National Center for Missing and Missing Children's website.

"Any given day we have between 3,500 and 4,000 active reports of missing children,” Vice President of the center’s Missing Children Division Robert Lowery said.

He says Jaquilla's profile will stay up, until she's physically found.

"The longer a child is missing, the more difficult it is for us to find the child and get them reunited with their families. But I want to point out, here at the National Center, one of our mantras is we never give up hope when it comes to missing children,” Lowery said.

Jaquilla was four-years-old when she was last seen in a flowered night shirt on the night of September 5, 2001. Her grandmother woke up to find her gone from their Wichita home. Officers and community members searched for the little girl, but didn't find any clues.

Then, the September 11th attacks, and the attention shifted away from her case.

“I don't want nobody to forget her. I want the world to remember my niece like they remember 911,” Jaquilla’s aunt, Aletha Scholfield said.

Jaquilla's case is still open with the Wichita Police Department. But there are no new developments. Captain Brent Allred doesn't want you to underestimate the smallest bit of information in this case--anything could turn into something.

"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 Allred said.

Lowery agrees. Report information no matter how long a child has been missing.

"There have been remarkable recoveries of missing long-term children. Many I could name--Jaycee Dugard comes to mind... Shawn Hornbeck out of St. Louis, Elizabeth Smart, Carlina White, and many more,” Lowery said.

Lowery says the center is finding children at a 98-percent rate. For those cases that take longer to solve, like Jaquilla's, he says time is the enemy. But there is hope.

"While we never give up hope, we don't provide false hope either. We face the same realities everyone else does. The longer they are missing, the more difficult our job is to find them,” Lowery said.

If you have any information about Jaquilla or any other missing child, call police. You can also call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-the-lost (1-800-843-5678).