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Destiny Jackson was a Las Vegas woman who was found dead in a desert outside of the Nevada city after she went missing in September 2021. Police are investigating her death and no arrests have been made. Authorities have not said how the 24-year-old Jackson died, but the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said they are investigating her disappearance and death as a homicide.
Jackson was found on September 12, 2021, according to KLAS. The news station reports her body was located in the desert south of Las Vegas. She was found by a hiker in the Clark County community of Sloan, KLAS reports. Her identity was confirmed through fingerprints, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said.
Jackson Was Reported Missing After She Didn’t Show Up When She Was Supposed to Pick Up Her Boyfriend
Jackson was last seen on Thursday, September 9, 2021, and last posted on Instagram the next morning, according to KLAS. She was supposed to pick up her boyfriend on Friday, September 10, 2021, but didn’t show up, the news station reports. The news station reports she texted a friend about 1:30 p.m. talking about going out on Saturday, because neither felt like going out on Friday night. No one heard from her after that. She was then reported missing by her family.
Jackson Was Originally From California & Her Family Says She Was ‘Full of Life,’ Sweet, Charming & Beautiful
Jackson was originally from California and lived in Las Vegas. her cousin, Gladys Toleafoa, told KLAS, “Destiny was young and super full of life. She had no fear.” She described Jackson as “beautiful, sweet and charming,” and added, “She didn’t deserve this. Nobody deserved this.”
Jackson’s Family & Friends Have Called for Justice & Have Been Critical of How the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Have Handled the Case
Jackson’s family and friends have called for justice for her and for her killer to be caught. A Facebook page, “Justice for Destiny” was started to help spread the word about the case. Her family has also been critical of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, saying they were told they had to wait to file a missing persons report.
Jackson’s mother, Kalauni Jackson, wrote on Facebook, “Las Vegas operates 24 hours 7 days a week but their police department only operates 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday…. Your 24 hours wait policy on filing a missing person report needs to change.” She added, “My babygirl didn’t deserve this if you acted when we first reported my babygirl missing on early Friday morning my baby would still be here with me today.” Jackson also said, “Do your job and catch the lowlife cowards that took her away from me.”
Jackson wrote, “Babygirl we are not going to rest until justice is served.”
A GoFundMe Has Been Set Up to Help Jackson’s Family
A GoFundMe has been started to help Jackson’s family. They want to be able to return her body to California so she can be buried there.
“This go fund me is to raise funds to help the family find justice for our beloved Destiny, as well as, arrange funds to bring her home to LA so we can lay her to rest,” her cousin, Gladys Toleafoa, wrote on the fundraiser page. “She did not deserve this and has left her family too soon. We want justice and answers. We thank each and everyone of you who has been apart of this process, we continue to thank you for your support! Anything helps. If you have any info please contact LVPD or her family. God Bless!”