Elaysha Gilliam: Family of pregnant mom-of-4 accuse police of 'dragging their feet' in finding her killer

Elaysha Gilliam: Family of pregnant mom-of-4 accuse police of 'dragging their feet' in finding her killer
Elaysha Gilliam was found dead in Kansas City, Missouri in February 2024 (Facebook)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI: Six weeks after a 26-year-old pregnant mother of four was discovered dead in Kansas City, Missouri, her family is still searching for answers.

Following reports that the mother-of-four was discovered dead on February 19 in a field close to the city's Dunbar Park, Elaysha Gilliam's family is "trying to stay strong" and "wants closure," they recently told NBC News and The Kansas City Star.

Authorities offering rewards of up to $25,000 for information about suspect

When the homicide investigation started, Elaysha's father, Ed Gilliam, told the Star about his daughter who was 12 weeks pregnant, "We are trying to stay strong for the grandkids, but it is really hard because she was really loved and nobody really has any answers as to what happened." 

The Kansas City Police Department hasn't given Elaysha's family many updates on her death in the weeks following, as NBC News reported, and no arrests have been made in relation to the investigation.

“I want closure, we need answers,” Clydetta Gilliam, Elaysha’s stepmother, told the outlet. “The police are dragging their feet, but I need to go out here and solve the case myself. They aren’t giving us anything.”

A department spokesman told PEOPLE in a statement on Sunday that the "investigation is ongoing, and there have not been any updates."

According to NBC News, detectives are moving closer to identifying a person of interest and are offering rewards of up to $25,000 for anyone with information about the case.

NBC News recounted the moment Elaysha was discovered last month, stating that the mother suffered from "bodily trauma" prior to being declared deceased by medical personnel.

Elaysha Gilliam's family demands 'justice'

According to the outlet, she was listed as having multiple gunshot wounds on her death certificate.

“I hope the people who did this would turn themselves in and take responsibility for their actions,” Elaysha's father told The Star.

“I hope that if anyone knows anything that they will do the right thing because my daughter was a beautiful person who didn’t deserve this.”

The ages of Gilliam's four children range from two to nine. According to NBC, one has sickle cell anemia, and the other is fed via a feeding tube.

Elaysha "loved to be around family," had a "big personality and an even bigger smile," and had a smile that could be seen "all the way down the street," according to the family, who shared these details with various outlets.

“We’re still at a loss for words. We don’t know what to think,” Elaysha's 18-year-old brother Brandon said. “Death happens, but the wrong person was taken from us.”


“I want my baby to get justice,” Ed added, as Clydetta told NBC she was considering spending $2,000 on a billboard advertisement.


“I’m not gonna let them sweep this under the rug. I want every single person charged,” she said, before adding: “People are starting to forget about her." 

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