Monday, March 11, 2019

Today in True Crime: The Disappearance of Ebony Giddens

27 year-old Ebony Giddens

Ebony Giddens has been missing since March 11th, 2018. She was last seen that day at her apartment in Columbus, Georgia. The following morning, Ebony’s brother arrived at her apartment to take Ebony’s children to school. When he arrived, he noticed the children were inside but Ebony was nowhere to be found. Her purse, wallet, and keys were inside the apartment. Ebony was reported missing shortly after it was discovered that none of her other family members or friends knew of her whereabouts.

The investigation into Ebony’s disappearance was hindered early on by Facebook rumors. On March 23rd, one of Ebony’s cousins posted “I just want you to come home.” A 26 year-old man named Travis Gardner began replying to said post, claiming that he had knowledge on Ebony’s disappearance. He posted things such as “I know where she is. It will cost u a fee. 1 million dollars or u will never see her again. If you contact police u will receive a piece of her body one by one.” Many people took Gardner’s threats seriously, but others felt he was being dishonest. He was warned to stop posting about Ebony, but he persisted. Finally, police arrested Gardner and charged him with making terroristic threats and attempted extortion. Other than these charges, police were unable to link Gardner to Ebony’s disappearance.

In May 2018, police identified Ebony’s ex-boyfriend Malcolm Jackson as a person of interest in Ebony’s case. Shortly before her disappearance, Jackson been ordered to stay away from Ebony after an alleged incident of violence that occurred at her apartment. According Ebony’s cousin, Jackson “jumped on her. He busted her lip and he pulled a gun on her and that was the last straw. She had him arrested”.  Despite this order of protection, a witness placed Jackson at Ebony’s apartment complex the night she vanished. He has still not been charged with anything related to Ebony’s disappearance, and Ebony remains missing today.

There is a $10000 reward in place for anybody with information that could lead to Ebony’s whereabouts. If you have any information, please contact the Columbus Police Department at (706) 225-3205.


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