Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The Disappearance & Murder of Emmishae Kirby

Emmishae Kirby vanished in Houston, Texas on September 18th, 2020. The 28 year-old vanished just weeks after ending a relationship with her boyfriend, 29 year-old Javon Gilbert. Emmishae and Javon had been living together up until September 2020--when Emmishae ended their relationship after Javon reportedly sexually assaulted her. However, Javon showed up to the apartment unannounced on numerous occasions after their breakup. On one occasion, he broke into the apartment armed with a knife.

Once Emmishae was reported missing, Javon became an obvious person of interest. He reportedly gave police conflicting statements, but did confirm that Emmishae had broken up with him earlier that month due to the sexual assault accusation. Still, Javon was not immediately charged with anything related to Emmishae's disappearance.

On October 3rd, 2020, searchers found Emmishae's body near Bear Creek Pioneers Park in Harris County. An autopsy later confirmed that she had been strangled and shot to death. From that point forward, Emmishae's case was shifted into a murder investigation.

Detectives looked at surveillance footage from her apartment building to see if they could retrace her final steps before she vanished. The footage confirmed that Emmishae and Javon were together on September 18th. Earlier that day, the two were captured entering Emmishae's car together and leaving the parking lot. They reportedly went to a gas station and a restaurant before returning to Emmishae's apartment. Emmishae and Javon were then captured walking back inside the building.

Hours later, at 1:40am, Javon is seen carrying a "heavy object" to Emmishae's car. He then drives off in her car before returning an hour later. Javon was later captured making several trips back and forth between Emmishae's apartment and the dumpster, where he threw away several items--including her sofa. 

After months of investigating, police finally arrested Javon on January 20th, 2021. He was charged with Emmishae's murder, and with tampering with evidence. Javon did not show up to his initial probable cause hearing due to reported mental health reasons. He has yet to enter a plea. This case is unfolding and more updates are expected at a later date.

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