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    Alexis Scott (20) missing from Peorial, IL since 9/22/17

    Police told Dateline that around 9:00 p.m. on Friday September 22, 2017, Alexis was last seen at a house party in her hometown of Peoria, Illinois.

    How she left ? and with whom ? is unknown. Alexis?s mom, April Allen, says her daughter took a cab to the party, so she did not have her own car there.

    April grew worried when the next day, Saturday, came and went without Alexis returning any of her phone calls.

    ?Usually if she goes out to a party, she is back by sunrise,? April told Dateline. ?So I am calling her and calling her all of Saturday and all of Sunday ? nothing.?

    After checking with Alexis?s friends, April says her worries intensified. It was Tuesday at this point, and nobody had heard from her. What?s more, Alexis?s social media accounts had gone silent.

    ?When Wednesday came and there was still no posts, I knew something was wrong,? April told Dateline.

    On Wednesday September 27, April called the Peoria Police Department and reported her daughter missing. Police say they immediately got to work trying to verify where Alexis was last seen.

    ?We got information that she may have last been seen at this party, so that?s what we have been trying to verify -- is whether or not it was her at the party,? Captain Michael Mushinsky, of the Criminal & Special Investigations Division with the Peoria Police Department, told Dateline. ?People that were at the party believe she was at the party.?

    A few days later, Peoria Police Department detectives went to the neighborhood where the party was held, and went door to door asking if anyone had any information on Alexis. Unfortunately, nobody said they did.

    They also searched vacant houses in the area to see if they could find any physical evidence leading to Alexis?s whereabouts. Again, they found nothing.

    ?We weren?t getting a lot of information, so we ended up doing a search warrant at that address of where the party was, to try to get some more stuff going there,? Captain Mushinsky said. ?We collected some stuff there but [there] was nothing that stood out there, one way or another.?

    Police say the people who hosted the party said they didn?t know Alexis well, and are cooperating with police. Captain Mushinsky also said he is ?not sure? if there were alcohol or drugs at the party. He added that, as yet, there are no suspects or persons of interest named in Alexis?s case.

    Captain Mushinsky told Dateline that April says there have been ?times when [Alexis] would go out for a while and wouldn?t stay in touch for three to four days.? This, though, Captain Mushinsky added, ?would by far be the longest it had ever been that she hasn?t at least touched base over some form of social media or the phone or something.?

    ?We?ve definitely been pretty aggressive in how we?re working it,? he told Dateline. ?We?re following up on any lead we get. And if we get evidence that points us in any direction, we?re going to follow it.?

    Alexis?s two-year-old son, Tevin, lives with April and was under her care when Alexis disappeared.

    According to a Peoria Police Department press release, Alexis was last seen wearing light colored blue jeans, a black zip-up hoodie with pink designs. Her hair was pulled back into a ponytail. She is described as being 5?1? tall and about 140 lbs. with brown eyes and long brown hair. She also has several tattoos: ?royalty? on her inner left arm, paw prints on her right shoulder, ?Trevon? on her right wrist, ?Tevin Jr.? on her right shoulder, and ?Lily? on her left shoulder. Alexis has pierced ears and braces on her lower teeth.

    If you have any information regarding Alexis Scott?s disappearance, please call the Peoria Police Department at 309-673-4521 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 309-673-9000.

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    Friends, family still digging for answers in woman’s disappearance

    Dusti Moultrie and Shoni Johnson refuse to give up.

    Their efforts have led to more information about the movements of Alexis Camry Scott before her Sept. 23, 2017, disappearance — and both women have worked tirelessly in the effort to keep Scott’s name in the media.

    The mother of 2-year-old Tevin went to a party at a house in the 100 block of West Richmond Avenue in Peoria. Witnesses told the Peoria Police Department she showed up to the party that Friday night at around 9 p.m.

    Other witnesses, developed by Alexis’ mother, April Allen, said Alexis left the house at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. A few of those witnesses said they thought she got a ride in a “blue Impala.”

    Not many people were very interested in Scott or her whereabouts — especially after it became public knowledge that she had worked as a self-described “escort,” attending parties as “eye candy” for men.

    April said her daughter traveled to Las Vegas in August 2017 and ended up beaten and abandoned in Sacramento, California, sometime later. April paid for her bus trip back to Galesburg — but Alexis said little about what happened to her in Sacramento.

    Dusti and Shoni didn’t care one bit where Alexis might have been — or what she might have done — before she went missing.

    Dusti started a massive online campaign to put Alexis’ name in front of eyeballs. Shoni started distributing flyers and snooping social media.

    “I lived in Peoria for long time and I saw a Facebook post about Alexis’ disappearance,” said Dusti, who was born and raised in Galesburg and has lived in Texas for over a year.

    “I saw that no was really helping April. That’s the magic of social media. I introduced myself to April and we decided to just try to keep Alexis’ name out there.”

    Dusti’s hard work has generated major network coverage of the search for Alexis, a number of YouTube-based broadcasts, and some local media coverage.

    Shoni found out about Alexis through social media and felt compelled to get involved. She contacted The Register-Mail about the efforts to find Alexis.

    “Shoni is a digger. She’s a snoop. Shoni, really, should be a private detective,” Dusti said over the weekend.

    While searching for any information about places Alexis could have gone or people the 20-year-old might know, Shoni decided to start backtracking through social media.

    She found a brief exchange between Alexis and a woman who has come to be known as “Hayley.”

    “It was a conversation they had way before Alexis disappeared — but after she got back from Sacramento,” Shoni explained. “I just reached out to the woman — and she got back to me.

    “When I told Hayley that Alexis was missing, she said she knew nothing of that — but she really wasn’t too surprised.”

    Hayley told Shoni that she spent three days on a bus with Alexis. They met while boarding in Sacramento.

    “The thing is, Hayley says Alexis really opened up to her about what had happened in Sacramento — that men hurt her there and prostituted her there,” Shoni said. “And Hayley said Alexis said she feared the men who took her to Sacramento.”

    Shoni and Dusti think the social media conversation between Hayley and Alexis — which occurred long before Alexis disappeared — lend credibility to Hayley’s story.

    The Register-Mail attempted to reach Hayley without success.

    Shoni and Dusti ran down a few “sightings” of Alexis on internet sites for Chicago-based escort services. At this time, law enforcement does not believe any of the advertisements are linked to Alexis.

    April said she believes her daughter is still alive.

    “God will tell me when my daughter is gone,” April said. “It will come to from God in my dreams.

    “I know she is alive. And I think she is being held somewhere against her will. But Alexis isn’t gone. No. If she was gone, I would have known by now. God would tell me. In my dreams.”

    The distraught mother said she has no way to thank Dusti and Shoni.

    “Without them, I don’t know if anyone would really know my daughter’s missing,” she said. “They cared and haven’t stopped caring.

    “I just really can’t thank them enough for all their efforts to help me and my daughter.”

    According to a Peoria Police Department news release, Alexis was last seen wearing light-colored blue jeans and a black zip-up hoodie with pink designs. Her hair was pulled back into a ponytail. She is described as being 5′1″ tall and about 140 pounds, with brown eyes and long brown hair. She has several tattoos: “royalty” on her inner left arm, paw prints on her right shoulder, “Trevon” on her right wrist, “Tevin Jr.” on her right shoulder, and “Lily” on her left shoulder. Alexis has pierced ears and braces on her lower teeth.

    If you have any information regarding Alexis Scott’s disappearance, please call the Peoria Police Department at (309) 673-4521 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (309) 673-9000.

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    Ongoing missing person cases like Alexis Scott’s are unusual in central Illinois

    Scott vanished the morning of Sept. 23, 2017, after being at a party at a house in the 100 block of West Richmond Avenue, Boland said. Scott was at the party briefly, having arrived there at about 5 a.m. She left a short time later, and that’s where the trail stops.

    Police have talked to partygoers, friends and family members, and went to a field near Canton in November where a person had taken a bloody mattress, some carpet and padding to burn. An Illinois State Police forensic team found a burn pile with box springs and other material. Those were collected, and test results on that material are still pending.

    Boland said police have searched near Banner Marsh, Copperas Creek and other areas off U.S. Route 24. Initial information, he said, led them to believe Scott might have been near a body of water. But nothing has come up to give any idea of what happened to her.

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    For the past year, April Allen has clung to hope that her daughter, Alexis Scott, will be found safe and sound.

    She’s worried about the 21-year-old, who vanished without a trace on Sept. 23, 2017, after she was last seen at a party at 125 W. Richmond Ave. And she’s cared for Alexis’ young son, Tevin Quarles Jr., who is growing up without his mother.

    But she’s realistic, and as the days have now reached a year, she knows the answer she might get is the answer no parent wants.

    “Instead of a one year anniversary, it’s going to be a day to have fellowship and thank the people who have helped us (in the search),” said Dusti Moultrie, a former Peoria resident who now lives in Texas and runs a Facebook group dedicated to keeping Alexis’ name out there.
    “There have been so many missed opportunities by the detective bureau to get key information that would potentially, or could have potentially, solved this case a long time ago. There have been huge delays in following up on information,” she says.

    “I understand the frustration felt by the family and friends of Alexis Scott,” said Lt. Mike Boland, who heads the detective bureau at the Peoria Police Department. “We, too, want to bring this case to some resolution. We will continue to follow leads and explore strategies to close the case. As the unit commander of the detective bureau, I’m willing to accept any missteps throughout the investigation. However, I stand behind the investigative work that has been accomplished to this point by the detectives,” he said.

    Group members have attended City Council meetings and caused such a stir the police department felt the need to respond to their claim that not enough was being done by holding a news conference. At that event, Interim Chief Loren Marion spent at least 20 minutes going through a timeline that he said showed all the work officers have done. At that time, he vigorously defended his detectives’ efforts.

    “This case has always been a big deal. This case has been a big deal for the Peoria Police Department. We have worked this case tirelessly. We have worked this case for several hundred hours. We have put a lot of resources into this case. We are not minimizing this case at all,” he said at the late August news conference.

    But Allen and others dispute that, and have used the Facebook group to advocate for the FBI to get involved, and she’s used the group to publicly prod the city not to forget Alexis.

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