Monday, February 21, 2022

The Disappearance of Chenell Renee Gilbert


Chenell 'Renee' Gilbert has been missing since June 9th, 2020. The then-42-year-old was last seen around 6:15 AM on Mars Drive in Indianapolis, Indiana. Renee was supposed to return to her daughter's house that afternoon, but she never arrived as planned. She has never been seen or heard from again.

Renee's 19-year-old daughter later used a location app to track Renee's phone. The last place where Renee's phone pinged was at the home of her ex-boyfriend. The phone was shut off shortly thereafter. Renee's daughter went to Renee's ex-boyfriend's house to see if she was there, and the ex-boyfriend claimed that Renee had been outside of the house that morning but had never come inside. The ex refused to let Renee's daughter inside the house, and he also later refused to let the police inside. 

Renee's ex-boyfriend has not been publicly named by news sources, but a petition calling for his arrest has identified him as a man named Bryan Lyons. Renee's family members stated that Lyons was abusive towards Renee throughout their relationship. 

Due to this, and due to his suspicious behavior when Renee was discovered to be missing, it's fairly easy to suspect that Lyons had something to do with Renee's disappearance. An article from April 2021 states that police did obtain a warrant to search Lyons' residence, but it is unclear what was found during the search. In October 2020, police reclassified Renee's case as a homicide investigation. Still, no arrests have been made. 

According to Renee's write-up on The Charley Project, the police no longer consider Lyons a person of interest in the case. Other than that, it appears that very little other information about the investigation is available.

If you have any information that could lead to Renee's whereabouts, please contact the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department at 317-327-6160.

CBS 4 Indy
Charley Project

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