Yasmin and Damarcus live with Rose Mae Starnes
After living with Debi and Rick Keathly in Kentucky for three years, Yasmin's mother wanted her children to be raised by a family member. Rose Mae Starnes, related through marriage, took both of the children in. According to Rose, the children had poor manners when they arrived, and Yasmin had low self-esteem. A caseworker decided it was best to establish a safety plan to protect Yasmin from abuse and from other children, as she often "search out innapropriate contact with other children"
Sibling of Victim
Family Member Of Victim
Rose Mae Starnes adopts the kids
After living together for 5 years, Rose Mae Starnes adopts Yasmin and Damarcus
Damacas kicked out
Rose kicks Damarcas out of her house.
Rose is out of town
Rose Mae goes to Elgin, IL to visit her older daughter at the Grand Victoria Casino for two days. Yasmin was in Chicago, staying with Rose's boyfriend, Charles Burt, at their home.
Yasmin goes to YMCA Northdale
Yasmin goes to Northdale YMCA to play sports and participate in other afterschool activities.
Yasmin returns home
That evening, Yasmin returns home to do a load of laundry and went to bed.
Charles Burt notices broken lock
The next day, while throwing the garbage out, Charles Burt notices that the lock to the basement was cut. It was evident that force was used to enter the basement. He didn't see Yasmin, but assumed that she went to school, but still called Rose Mae to let her know what happened but she never got the call.
Rose Mae returns home
Later that day, Rose Mae Starnes returns home. Charles tells her about the broken lock but they both assume that Yasmin is at school. She asked Charles to fix the broken gate.
Rose Mae realizes Yasmin is missing
Yasmin does not return home from school and realizes she is missing. She calls the police and they arrive around 7PM and file a report. Unfortunately, despite the evidence of forced entry the police to not take fingerprints or other evidence from the basement. They assume she is just a runaway. Many of Yasmin's 'friends' from school told police that she called them, but after reviewing phone records determined this was false, but it still mislead the invesitgation. Yasmin was about to start a new job and was excited for the annual YMCA trip.
One year anniversary
Rose Mae held a press conference one year after Yasmin's disppearence. She felt that the police could have done more since they felt she was a runaway - despite having no history as a runaway- and that the case didn't get as much attention as it should have. Yasmin's family told the press they felt she was kidnapped, and offered a $3,000.00 reward for information
Jimmie Terrell Smith arrested
Almost a year after Yasmin's disappearence, Jimmie Terrell Smith was arrested for the raping five women, two of which were 14 between 2006 -2009. Around the time of Yasmin's disappearence, Jimmie was living in the same house as Rose Mae and Yasmin.
Person With Information / Witness
Reporters find diary
Reporters from the Chicago Tribune find a diary that was hidden under Yasmin's bed. In the diary there is an entry that states "I Miss Terrell... There was later a press interview and Smith acknolweged that he had something
Yasmin's family meets with Smith
Rose Mae meets with Smith at the Cook County jail where he allegedly admits to his role in Yasmin's disappearence. He tells her family that she committed suicide. He took her to a house in 2200 block of South Spaulding . But that he burned her body in a garbage can to dispose of her body. Her family do not believe she committed sucide but that Smith is involved. However, Smith has been sentanced to 110 years from his charges.
Morning: Rose dies
Rose died in her home from natural causes . She had diabetes and kidney issues. She was 57. Family say that in the 6 years since Yasmin went missing, Rose's health declined and she had a lot of anxiety
Yasmin's last known location prior to returning home.