Rita Janelle Papakee
Papakee, approximately 2015
Date reported missing : 01/16/2015
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 06/01/1973 (48)
Age at the time of disappearance: 41 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 145 - 200 pounds
Medical conditions : Papakee is an alcoholic and has a history of drug abuse.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Native American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Papakee is a registered member of the Meskwaki Indian Nation.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Papakee was last seen leaving the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, Iowa at 1:00 p.m. on January 16, 2015. She has never been heard from again. She may have traveled to Cedar Rapids or Des Moines, Iowa after her disappearance, but that has been unconfirmed. She was reported missing on February 18 after she didn't pick up her paycheck.
Although Papakee had a substance abuse problem and sometimes dropped out of sight for as long as a couple of months at at time, she never completely lost touch with her four children and she has never been gone for this long. Her mother said she's heard rumors that she was the victim of Gender : trafficking. She is missing under suspicious circumstances and her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Meskwaki Tribal Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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