New Info Released on Missing Evansville Woman's Disappearance

On Wednesday, federal and local authorities released new information and images on the timeline and circumstances of the disappearance of Dawnita Wilkerson, of Evansville, Indiana.

Posted: Feb 24, 2021 12:07 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2021 1:03 PM

Officials with the Evansville Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday released new images and information that better outline the timeline and circumstances of the disappearance of Dawnita Wilkerson.

Wilkerson has been missing for over eight months, since her family last saw her on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

The search for Wilkerson has continued for months, but for the first time Wednesday, authorities released new information on her disappearance.

The FBI said Wednesday that Wilkerson was last seen on June 21, 2020, at 8:16 p.m. at an east-side Evansville motel, getting into the silver/pewter-colored 2004 Chevy Suburban seen below.


Photos captured at an Evansville motel show Dawnita's last-known whereabouts

The FBI says that Wilkerson’s phone was shut off by the next morning. Her family reported her missing when she didn’t call her mother or her daughters, as she usually did.

They say it's believed that from the motel, Wilkerson traveled west through southwest Indiana and into southern Illinois.

The EPD and FBI are actively seeking the Chevy Suburban pictured above, with particular interest in the Evansville, Indiana area, along with the Carbondale and Marion, Illinois areas.

Authorities say that the owner of the vehicle has been identified, but has "refused to cooperate in the investigation." 

Wilkerson has multiple tattoos, including a heart on her lower back, praying hands with the name "Timmy" on her upper-right shoulder, and a cross on her upper-left shoulder.

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Dawnita Wilkerson or the Chevy Suburban, you may contact the FBI Indianapolis Office at 317-595-4000 or the Evansville Police Department at 812-436-7979 or tip line at 812-435-6194. You may also contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.


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