Dawnita Wilkerson, 44
Last seen August 17, 2020
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — It has been nearly two months since Dawnita Wilkerson disappeared.
Dawnita, a 44-year-old, mother of six, went missing on June 21 and her family fears she is in danger.
“We just feel like something is wrong,” Dawnita’s aunt, Julia Womack, told Dateline. Otherwise, she would have gotten in contact with one of us.”
According to Julia, Dawnita was staying at her brother’s house in Evansville, Indiana. On June 21, she left the house saying she would be right back. That was the last day she was seen.
Julia said the Dawnita’s twins were the first to notice their mother was missing.
“She’s always in contact with the twins,” Julia said. “But suddenly they couldn’t reach her. And her phone went dark around 9 a.m. on Monday.”
Julia added that Dawnita always called her mother every morning. But on that Monday, there was no call.
“Every day she calls her mom at 5 a.m.,” Julia said. “Somebody always knows where she is. And suddenly everybody just stopped hearing from her. We knew something had to be wrong.”
After the family reported Dawnita missing, Evansville Police Department conducted multiple searches to no avail.
Detective Dexter Wolf with the Evansville Police Department told Dateline that Dawnita’s case is still an open investigation and police are following up on every tip and lead they receive.
“We just want her back,” Julia said. “Whoever took her, just bring her back. We have forgiven – but now we just need her back.”
Julia describes her niece as a strong, funny person with a “heart of gold.”
“She’s been through a lot, but she’s a survivor,” Julia added. “She’s not perfect, but she’s ours and we just want her home.”
Last weekend, hundreds of people attended an event called “Show Up For Dawnita” to raise awareness and funds for the family’s search efforts. The family said they are hoping to raise enough money to offer a reward for information that leads to Dawnita’s whereabouts.
Through donations from the community, thousands of fliers have been printed and two billboards have been purchased and put up at prominent locations in town, with Dawnita’s photos and information.
“I know she’s out there,” Julia said. “It’s time to bring her home.”
Dawnita is 5’3” and weighs approximately 145 pounds. She has brown eyes and dark hair.
Anyone who may have information on Dawnita’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Evansville Police Department’s Adult Investigative Unit at 812-436-7979 or call the Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463).
A Gofundme page has been established to help Wilkerson’s children as well as funding the family’s continuing efforts to search for her. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/show-up-for-dawnita