Where Is Katelin Akens?

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19-YEAR-OLD KATELIN AKENS DISAPPEARED ON DECEMBER 5, 2015; INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE SHE IS DEAD; STEP-FATHER REFUSES TO GIVE PASSWORD TO HIS ENCRYPTED PHONE; DID HE MURDER THIS VIRGINIA WOMAN?

Katelin Akens, 19, disappeared on December 5, 2015, after visiting family in her hometown of Spotsylvania County, Virginia. She was supposed to catch a flight at the Reagan National Airport. The last person to see Katelin Akens alive was her stepfather, and he may be the key to the puzzling case of this Missing Virginia woman.

 CASE FACTS 

  • Mother, Lisa Sullivan drops daughter off at her ex-husband’s, James Branton, place in Partlow, Virginia at 9:20 am.
  • According to Sullivan, Katelin and James Branton were on good terms.
  • Branton claims that Katelin requested to be dropped off at the Springfield Mall Metro Station, which was two stops away from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
  • Branton claimed that from the Mall Katelin was going to walk the short distance to the metro station.
  • Mother receives series of strange messages from Katelin’s phone.
  • Stepfather REFUSES to cooperate with detectives and refuses to give password to his seized encrypted cell phone.

 KATELIN WOULD BE LOST AT THE METRO STATION ACCORDING TO MOTHER 

Branton claimed that from the Mall Katelin was going to walk the short distance to the metro station.

According to Google Maps, by bus it would take approximately 52 minutes to travel from the metro station to the airport.

Would anyone else cut airport boarding times this short? With all the security checks I definitely would not.

Sullivan tells media sources, “She’s never really been on the Metro before since she was like six, seven, so I don’t know why he would do that,” said Sullivan about Branton. “He just said yes, he was gonna do it.”

 THE STEP-FATHER REFUSES TO COOPERATE; LIED ABOUT WORKING THAT DAY; AND REFUSES TO GIVE PASSWORD TO PHONE. 

According to a Fox5DC report Sullivan says, “He seemed happy to see us, see her. He seemed happy, excited they were talking about her cosmetology school, her high school diploma. They were talking about it, sitting on the couch.”

 SOURCES I USED FOR THIS ARTICLE 

Fox. (2019, July 12). Virginia woman’s disappearance continues to puzzle police, two years later. Retrieved from http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/virginia-womans-disappearance-continues-to-puzzle-police-two-years-later

An encrypted cell phone may hold clues to teen’s disappearance. (2019, July 12). Retrieved from https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/an-encrypted-cell-phone-may-hold-clues-to-teens-disappearance/65-610295492

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If what they are saying is true, that they had a good relationship, then I can only hypothesize that unless Katelyn knew something that he didn’t want her mother to know, that he would have no reason to harm her. And even that is a bit … incoherent as they were clearly divorced. If he had cheated on her, would it matter, given they were already divorced, possibly for that very reason? I think it’s possible that she could’ve died very accidentally but that the circumstances would have made it very suspicious prompting stepfather to lie. I also think it’s… Read more »

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