HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Houston police are making an appeal to the public to help find a woman who was sexually assaulted and killed a year ago this month in southeast Houston.
The victim, Lakeisha Perkins, 35, was found in an abandoned warehouse in the 5900 block of Wayland at around 11pm on July 22, 2014.
Police believe Perkins went missing after she left her parents upholstery business shortly after 2pm that day and walked alone to a nearby YMCA. An autopsy later revealed that she had been sexually assaulted and suffered blunt force trauma to the head prior to her death.
Today, the woman's family was visibly shaken as they recalled the life of their beloved Lakeisha and they are asking anyone with information to come forward.
"All we want to do is find somebody out there who knows something who can help us find -- who took our joy," said the victim's stepfather Moses Briscoe.
"She called me that afternoon about 2 and that is the last I heard of her. I knew after she didn't come back around 7, I knew something was wrong," said Lakeisha's mother, Jane Perkins Briscoe.
Perkins leaves behind two daughters, 19, 16, and a 12-year-old son.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and charges of a suspect in this case.
Police, family make appeal to find killer in SE Houston murder case