An Illinois family is asking for the public’s help with any information that might lead to the whereabouts of their 20 year-old daughter, Keriaye Michelle Winfrey. Keriaye was last seen in Mt. Vernon, IL on January 9, 2022 around 3:00 P.M. in the area of the Family Life Church shelter.

When her mother arrived at the shelter to pick her up, Keriaye was nowhere to be found. Her family described this disappearance as very uncharacteristic of her, and knows she would never just vanish without calling or letting someone know where she was going.

At the time of her disappearance, Keriaye Winfrey was like many 20 year-old young women—simply trying to navigate her way through young adulthood and find her direction in life. Keriaye loves kids and has a dream of opening her own daycare. Her family described her as having a friendly, albeit quiet, demeanor. Before she disappeared, she liked to spend her free time reading and spending quality time with her family—especially her siblings, to whom she is very close. After months without answers, her family is still twisting in the wind. Now her family is following the course of action many families of missing persons take by hiring a private investigator to conduct an indepedent search for Keriaye Winfrey. They are trying to crowdfund the monies for the investigation by starting a GoFundMe. If you would like to donate to the fund for the search into Keriaye’s disappearance, you can do so here.

Keriaye is 20 years old, stands at 5’4”, weighs approximately 115lbs, has short black hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, royal blue Nike shoes, a black and white jacket, and was carrying a small purse. If you have any information on Keriaye’s whereabouts, please call investigators at 317-675-6701.