Sunday marks the day Adre’anna Jackson would have turned 21 — 10 years after her skeletal remains were discovered in a vacant lot in Lakewood.
Whoever killed her remains a mystery.
“After all this time, I wonder if we’ll ever figure this out,” her mother, Yvette Gervais, said in an interview last week.
Adre’anna disappeared Dec. 2, 2005, while walking to Tillicum Elementary School to see whether classes had been canceled after an overnight snowfall. She never made it to the school, where she was a fourth-grader.
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Gervais reported her missing when she did not return home that afternoon. Two boys found the 10-year-old’s remains April 4, 2006, in a vacant lot about two miles from the family’s apartment on Wadsworth Street Southwest.
Police investigated Adre’anna’s death but could not identify her killer. A decade later, the case — while still open — still lacks a definitive theory or suspect.
On the cusp of what would have been Adre’anna’s 21st birthday, Gervais wants to make one last appeal to the community for any information regarding her daughter’s death.
She wants to take the opportunity to “put feelers out there” before trying to let go, Gervais said.
“It’s a form of closure after all these years,” she said.
Gervais also wanted to say thanks to the public for its help and support over the years. She recalled all of the names logged into the signature book at Adre’anna’s funeral.
Gervais plans to honor her daughter’s birthday by sharing a small dinner with friends.
Though Adre’anna would be an adult Sunday, her mother said there’s only one image of her daughter that will live in her memory.
“I try to imagine what she’d be like now, but since her death she will always be a 10-year-old child,” she said. “We will always miss her.”