Above: Ssamali Kwatia in 2013 (left), another picture circa 2014 (center), and an age-progressed image to 9, circa 2017 (right)

Ssamali Joy Kwatia

Last seen in Lake Bluff, Illinois on March 31, 2013

Vital statistics: Black female. Born on August 20, 2008. Black hair, brown eyes. Was four at the time.

Circumstances: She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Joan Nagadya Kiyenje. A photo and vital statistics are posted below. A felony warrant for child abduction was issued for her on April 11, 2013. They may have traveled to Kenya or Uganda. She was returning a rental car at the time but it is unknown if she is in possesion of another vehicle.

Above: Joan Kiyenje in 2013

Vital statistics: Black female. Born on January 4, 1974. Black hair, brown eyes. Was thirty-nine at the time.

If you have any information as to Ssmali's whereabouts, please contact the Lake County Sheriff's Office at 847-549-5200. Any information received can be kept confidential.

Information used to compile this casefile came from the following resources:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Charley Project
NamUs National Missing Persons Data System

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