Yasmin Acree was only 15 when she was taken from her Chicago home
Yasmin Acree was excited about starting her first job and going on an upcoming summer vacation with a YMCA mentorship program before she vanished in January 2008
Despite an unstable early childhood and a move from Kentucky to Chicago to live with family members who would go on to adopt her and her brother, Yasmin was an excellent student and salutatorian of her 8th-grade class. But then, her grades began to slip and her brother was asked to leave the home, leaving Yasmin in a basement bedroom by herself and isolated from the rest of the family.
The day she disappeared
On January 15, 2008, Yasmin had a half-day of school and then went to her local YMCA. She returned home to do a load of laundry before bed. The next day, Yasmin's adoptive mother's boyfriend noticed that the locks on the basement were cut and that someone had burglarized the basement area of the home. Assuming Yasmin was at school, her family didn't report her missing until later that evening when she didn't return home from school.
Where the case stands today
Yasmin's family continues to plead for answers and an accurate account of exactly what happened. It was reported that the family made contact with Smith, who is currently serving a 100+ year sentence for attempting to hire a hitman to murder the judge who convicted him of rape charges. During that meeting, he alleged that Yasmin committed suicide and he assisted her. But that was not substantiated and her family is still left wondering if she is alive.
An age-progressed depiction of what Yasmin would look like today has been released, and there is a $10,000 reward being offered for information related to Yasmin's case.
If you have any information about the disappearance of Yasmin Acree, please contact the Chicago Police Department at (312) 744-8266.