Sunday, February 4, 2024

The Disappearance of Ameera Deadrick


Ameera Deadrick was only 8 years-old when she vanished during 2016. The young girl was living in Texas at the time of her disappearance. Ameera still remains missing today, and her mother Tiara McWilliams is still fighting for answers.

Tiara and Ameera spent the early years of Ameera's life living in Wisconsin. Ameera's father, Anthony Deadrick, lived in Houston, Texas. Tiara and Anthony had a tumultuous relationship, as Anthony was reportedly abusive. When Tiara fled to Wisconsin with their daughter, Anthony allegedly "promised he'd make [Tiara] pay for taking Ameera from him."

In 2013, Tiara reluctantly agreed to allow Ameera to spend the summer with her father and his girlfriend, LaShanda Spikes, in Houston, Texas. When the summer ended, Anthony reportedly refused to return Ameera to Tiara. Tiara subsequently traveled to Houston herself to pick Ameera up. Once there, Anthony still refused to let Tiara bring Ameera back to Wisconsin. Tiara and Anthony did not have a legal custody agreement in place regarding Ameera. Due to this, the police allegedly refused to assist Tiara in the matter. Tiara eventually had to return to Wisconsin without her daughter. 

Over the next few years, Tiara was able to visit Ameera in Houston on several occasions. The mother and daughter also kept in touch often via phone and FaceTime. Tiara repeatedly tried to convince Anthony to allow Ameera to go back to Wisconsin with her, but Anthony always refused. 

By 2016, Tiara was no longer able to get in touch with Ameera, Anthony, or LaShanda. Throughout an investigation, it was revealed that Anthony Deadrick was arrested in November 2016 on unrelated charges. According to reports, nobody had seen Ameera earlier that fall - before her father was arrested. Tiara had no idea that Anthony was incarcerated, nor did she know that Ameera had not been seen since before he went to prison. 

After Ameera was reported missing, investigators visited Anthony in prison to question him about his daughter's whereabouts. Anthony told detectives that "he had befriended a woman in Waco, Texas and had left Ameera in her care." He claimed the woman's name was Linda, but some people knew her as 'Tootie'. Anthony provided an address for investigators, but no such person by that name lived at the residence. Investigators have never been able to verify this woman's existence.

Anthony has since been released from prison. He has never been charged with anything related to Ameera's disappearance. Investigators have not publicly announced any other suspects or persons of interest. 

Authorities in both Waco and Houston are investigating Ameera's disappearance. If you have any information that could lead to her whereabouts, please contact the Houston Police Department at 713-884-3131 or the Waco Police Department 254-750-7500.

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