Black Women Matter: Interview With Mother of Mikeona Johnson

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South Central, CA–The family of Mikeona Johnson held a press conference recently in front of the 77th Police Station in South Central, demanding that LAPD re-open the investigation into her case.

The 23-year-old Black mother/student went missing Sep. 9, 2020 and was found deceased in her own car a week later. Detectives have now told Mikeona’s family that they are closing the investigation into her case, although, her cause of death has not yet been established. Mikeona’s family searched for her in Los Angeles, putting up missing persons fliers, as well as using social media in their search efforts. They canvassed the same area she was found and they say her car was not in that location when they searched for her.

It was determined by detectives that Mikeona died the day she went missing but her cause of death is currently listed as “undetermined.” 6 months later, her family has also not received her autopsy report. Her toxicology report showed no drugs or alcohol. No reward was offered for information leading to an arrest on behalf of the city of Los Angeles.

Mikeona has 2 daughters.

“Do I like the fact someone disregarded her like she was nothing? No. Do I want the person who did this to my daughter to be caught, yes,” she continued. “She deserves every ounce of justice she could possibly get. Her children, my family–we all need that closure,” said Mikeona’s mother Shalissa Collier.

Her family is holding a vigil tomorrow for her to raise public awareness around her case.

Her mother can be reached for tips @MsHazelBrown on Instagram.

Read my article published to The Grio on Mikeona’s case:

LAPD closes death investigation of Mikeona Johnson, 23-year-old mother who went missing

Original Interview April 2021.

Slauson Girl is a South Central native who has a love for journalism, history and all things Hip-Hop. She holds a B.A in Critical Race & Gender Theory & a Minor in Journalism. Follow Me on IG @Slausongirl

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