‘We will never stop working’: Search for answers continue in Richmond missing person cases

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 8:04 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 7:37 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - As the nation searches for answers to the untimely death of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, Richmond is revisiting its own missing persons’ cases.

On Monday afternoon, Richmond police called attention to three people who all disappeared in September of different years.

On a poster, pictures of Benjamin Lott, Robert Long, and Keeshae Jacobs stood by the podium as their family members asked the community for help to solve their cases and bring closure to their families.

“Help me. Help my daughter. Help all these families that have missing loved ones,” said Toni Jacobs, Keeshae Jacobs’ mother.

“Anything at all, we would deeply and greatly appreciate that information so we can heal,” said Chris Lott, Benjamin Lott’s daughter.

Lott says she will never forget her father, who was reported missing in 2008 when he didn’t show up for work.

“Every day, I wake up hoping to be able to see or hear from him again,” she said.

Robert Long’s family reported his disappearance in 2011.

Five years ago, Keeshae Jacobs never returned home. Her family says she was last seen around Chimborazo Park in Richmond.

On Sunday, family and friends held a candlelight and prayer vigil to spread the word about her disappearance and the disappearance of others in the community.

“If anybody has any information, I don’t care how small it is,” said Toni Jacobs. “She still has family that loves her so much.”

Chief Gerald Smith from the Richmond Police Department said the work to solve these cases continues.

“We will never forget,” said Smith. “We will never stop working.”

Detective Clarence Key says the department is taking a closer look at these files to see if there are any missing pieces overlooked during the initial investigations.

One aspect Key says he discovered is the lack of a DNA sample from Benjamin Lott’s family.

On Monday, Key says his daughter was able to submit a DNA sample, which will be sent to the state lab for analysis.

“The biggest thing it can shed light on if, unfortunately, is for any unidentified human remains,” Key said.

As family members continue their search for answers, they hope new information will lead to closure.

“I’m hopeful that myself, my family, his mother, his siblings, our cousins will be able to get answers so that we may heal,” said Chris Lott.

“I just want help to bring Keeshae home or find some kind of information,” said Toni Jacobs. “Please, please help me help my daughter.”

If you have any information on these cases, you can call Crime Stoppers at (804)-780-1000.

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