‘It’s very hard to watch my mother cry,’ Little brother of missing woman pleads for answers

Arkansas News

EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) 12/23/20 — It’s been nearly two months and still no clue as to where the missing woman from El Dorado, Iesha Jackson, might be.

“I have to be strong for my mother and I have to be strong for my family. This is a burden. I have to be strong for my mother and my family at the same time,” Jackson’s 15-year-old brother, Jiqez said. “It’s very hard. It’s very hard to watch my mother cry.”

The El Dorado Police Department assures the public this is still a very active case. Investigators provided an update this afternoon.

According to Captain Harwell, they have been in contact with other agencies regarding the use of their K9’s.

With assistance from the Union County Sheriff’s office, both departments have conducted multiple searches of areas for individuals who live outside the city limits.

“We have obtained numerous search warrants in this case and are waiting for the return of those records which will take some time to be examined.  We also have multiple items of evidence that will require submission to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for processing,” Captain Harwell said.

“We have a lot of work left to do.  We are investigating every lead that comes forward until we can confirm that the lead is valid or not valid and exhaust the lead.  We will continue to search areas that become areas of concern or possible crime scene locations.  We have an extensive amount of records to review and will have to patiently wait for evidence to be processed by the crime lab.”

If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact Captain Scott Harwell or Detective Sabrina Williams of the El Dorado Police Department, Criminal Investigations Division, at (870) 881-4810 or Crime Stoppers at (870) 863-INFO.


Arrest made in connection to missing El Dorado woman

EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) 12/14/20 — El Dorado Police have arrested two men, one of those men is believed to be directly involved in the disappearance of Iesha Jackson who was reported missing on November 4.

Semajee Dismuke, 23, was arrested and booked into the Union County Jail on Sunday. He is being charged with capital murder, kidnapping and an enhanced penalty for engaging in criminal group activity.

“It’s hard standing right here thinking about how he could have did this to her. Why? My question in my heart is why,” Jackson’s grandmother, Earnestine White said.

According to investigators, Dismuke and Jackson once had a relationship but that changed in the days leading up to her being reported missing.

White said when Jackson came home one day she called her and said her home had been broken into.

At least two people tried to break in her home again another day while Jackson was there. The family says she asked them to leave but they wouldn’t. Once she called police, that’s when the suspects ran off.

According to police, a report was made on the incidents.

“One of the suspects [Semajee Dismuke] that’s one of the guys that she identified as breaking into her home. She was already in the house when he came in there on her. She explained this to us. She told us this,” White said.

El Dorado police didn’t state further details in this case because it is currently being investigated. They did say they obtained evidence pinning Dismuke to the alleged crime.

However, investigators aren’t sure whether or not Dismuke acted alone in Jackson’s disappearance.

“Based off our information the possibility of making further arrests is quite possible. It does seem like we may have another person involved besides Mr. Dismuke,” Captain Scott Harwell said.

According to “detailed information” investigators received on what happened to Jackson allegedly by Dismuke, he is currently facing those three charges but that could change pending the outcome of the investigation.

“Those are the charges that would fit the circumstances, if the information is correct, but that could be adjusted by the prosecutor if any details change,” Captain Harwell said.

Dismuke appeared in court for his first court appearance Monday afternoon and no bond was set.

Police also arrested 46-year-old Kenneth Lee. Investigators currently don’t believe he is connected to Jackson’s disappearance neither do they believe he has any relation to Dismuke or Jackson.

He is being charged with extortion or theft of property for allegedly soliciting $8,000 from the family for information on Jackson’s whereabouts.

Lee also appeared in court Monday afternoon. Bail was set at $10,000.

“We as a family are going through right now,” White said.

Jackson has still not been located though investigators and police are remaining hopeful that she is still alive.

“There’s a reason for that and it’s just if we have to go back and ask a question later or we need to clarify something. It’s not throwing your name out there and letting people everything that you said. We wouldn’t want to violate anyone’s trust.”

As of Monday afternoon, investigators didn’t have an exact location of where Jackson is. They are hoping they continue to receive more information from the public to determine her whereabouts.

The family is asking for all deer hunters to be on the lookout for anything in the field that may seem suspicious or out of the ordinary.

If you have any information regarding this case, you’re asked to call the El Dorado Crime Stoppers at 870-863-4636.

‘It’s sad and it’s painful,’ El Dorado woman still missing after a month

EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) 12/11/20 — What if it were you? That’s the question the mother of a missing woman in El Dorado is asking the public.

It’s been a month since her daughter, Iesha Jackson, has been missing. She was last seen the night of November 4.

She went out of town with her uncle. He dropped her off at her home and since that night she hasn’t been seen or heard of since.

When Jackson was reported missing, her front door was found cracked open with her cell phone left inside her house.

“I don’t hear no call from her like I used to. She used to call me everyday. Everyday. Every night and I don’t hear none of that. It’s sad and it’s painful,” Laquita Williams said.

“That’s my heart. It doesn’t feel good at all when your child is missing. I barely eat everyday. It’s sickening.”

With so much time that has now gone by this has become an even greater concern for investigators who have considered all possibilities in this case.

“About the one week mark I started getting concerned that something was going on or had happened,” El Dorado Police Department Investigator, Captain Scott Harwell said. “If she is out there and doesn’t have shelter and doesn’t have warm clothes that is definitely a concern.”

Captain Harwell says his team has conducted interviews with several people over the course of the past month.

“This week we have actually started re-interviewing some of those people. Some of those people we had already interviewed and then talked to them again,” he said.

In addition, they’ve even done multiple searches including in the wooded area directly behind Jackson’s home and other areas across the county.

Captain Harwell said they plan to track down all information they receive whether it’s good or bad.

“We’ve gone out on ATV’s. We’ve been out on foot and in vehicles. We’ve utilized drones to fly over some areas that we can’t get to or see,” he said.

Just this week, the family received a tip from an employee at a local business saying that Jackson was possibly buried in a shallow grave in a cemetery near Strong.

“It definitely got our attention and was something that needed to be checked out,” Captain Harwell said.

“The Union County Sheriff’s Office responded to that area and met with the family and did do a search on foot in that area but nothing was located that would make us believe that information was true.”

Where could she be? Is she even still alive? Those are questions investigators are hoping to figure out. Items recovered from her home have been sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab for testing and more interviews are on his schedule.

“We are also at the point where we’re going to do some polygraph examinations,” he said. “We have been in contact with a couple of different polygraphers with different agencies who help in times like this when have that need.”

With no crime scene and not very many leads, Captain Harwell is certain that its’ going to the community to come forward with information in order to find Jackson.

“We need them to call us and tell us what they know so they can look into it. We’re always going to ask where the information is coming from when somebody calls and we’re always going to ask for a phone number,” Captain Harwell said.

“This is still not resting in my heart. My heart is still hurting to see if she is still out there,” Jackson’s mother, Laquita Phillips said.

Captain Harwell saluted the family in their initial efforts in posting flyers and information about Jackson being missing.

“Iesha, Just know baby we are not going to stop until you are back home,” her grandmother, Earnestine White said.

The family is planning a search this Saturday. They are asking anyone who wants to help to meet up at Mattocks Park at 9 a.m. They are also pleading with any deer hunters to be on the lookout for Jackson.

For any information on this case you can contact the Crime Stopper hotline at 870-863-INFO.



Iesha Nicole Jackson
Courtesy: El Dorado Police Department

UPDATE: EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) (November 16) — The family of a missing woman in El Dorado says they are offering a reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

Iesha Jackson, who will turn 23 today, has been missing for nearly two weeks.

She was last seen at her apartment the night of November 4, 2020.

Family members say they have put together a reward of $2,000 for any details that can help find Jackson.

Earnestine White, had this message for her granddaughter, “Iesha, if you’re looking at this just know that we love you and we want you home safely.”

If you have any information that would helpful to police, you are urged to call Detective Harwell at (870) 881-4810. You can also contact El Dorado Police dispatch at (870) 863-4141. Or you can reach out to them on their Facebook Page here.


EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) (November 9, 2020 5:55 p.m.) — It’s been almost a week since an El Dorado woman was last seen and there is still no sign where she might be. The family has reason to believe that this missing person case should not be taken lightly.

“I’ve been looking at my phone everyday. Hoping she’ll call wherever she’s at,” her mother, Laquita Williams said.

Fear has set in for the family of 22-year-old Iesha Jackson. She was last seen at her home Wednesday night when she was dropped off by a family member after returning from out of town.

“She wasn’t sad in any kind of way,” Williams said. “She was happy like a normal kid.”

According to El Dorado Police, Jackson lives alone in a home off of East Main Street. Her front door was found cracked open with her phone still inside the house.

That detail alone scares the family especially since it’s not the first she’s been a victim of violence.

“She has also informed us that this house has been broken into two times in one week,” her grandmother said.

According to police, a report was made on the incidents.

“When she came home one day she did call me and say that her home was broken into. The second day she was here she was telling me about how somebody barged in on her while she was there,” Williams said. “By the time she told them to leave. She told me they wouldn’t. They called the police and that’s when they wanted to run.”

Detective Harwell says detectives have investigated leads but nothing has shown up to be substantial.

If you have any information that would be helpful to police, you are urged to call Detective Harwell at (870) 881-4810. You can also contact El Dorado Police dispatch at (870) 863-4141.


EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) — El Dorado Police are searching for a missing woman.

Iesha Nicole Jackson
Courtesy: El Dorado Police Department

According to police, her name is Iesha Nicole Jackson. She is a 22-year-old, black woman, 4 foot 11 inches tall, and weighs approximately 135 pounds. Jackson has brown eyes and black hair.

Police say her family last heard from her on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 around 9:00 p.m. Police say they do not have a current clothing description or direction of travel.

If you have any information that would helpful to police, you are urged to call Detective Harwell at (870) 881-4810. You can also contact El Dorado Police dispatch at (870) 863-4141.

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