The Trail Went Cold – Episode 246 – Yasmin Acree

January 15, 2008. Chicago, Illinois. 15-year old Yasmin Acree is seen going to bed in the basement of her residence, but she is discovered to be missing the following day and there are signs of a break-in on the exterior basement door. Over one year later, Jimmie Terrell Smith, who had previously lived in the upstairs apartment at Yasmin’s residence, is charged with a series of sex crimes and mentions of Smith’s name are found in Yasmin’s diary. Even though Smith claims to have knowledge of what happened to Yasmin, this information is never substantiated and no conclusive evidence links him to the disappearance. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we chronicle the sad story of a teenage girl who endured an abusive childhood before she vanished without explanation. To learn about more missing persons cases involving black, indigenous and people of colour, be sure to visit the subreddit, r/MISSINGBIPOC.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Chicago Police Department at (312) 746-8365.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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