• 'Her kids are asking about her': Family pleads for safe return of missing Cocoa mother of 4

    By: Jason Kelly , Samantha Manning , James Tutten , Melonie Holt


    COCOA, Fla. - Cocoa police are actively searching for a missing mother of four who hasn’t been home since Saturday, and her family is making an urgent plea for help.

    On Wednesday, the family of 31-year-old Tashaun Jackson made an impassioned plea for the Cocoa mother's return.

    “No children should have to go without their parent,” said family member Sharon Smith. “So if you have her, if you know her whereabouts, please it's not too late. Please let us know where Tashaun is.”

    Jackson has four children ranging in age from 1 to 11.


    Officers said Jackson hasn't been seen since she took a short walk to a 7-Eleven on Dixon Boulevard.

    “What we're concerned about now is her return,” Smith said. “However she's returned to us rescued or recovered we just need her home.”

    Relatives told Channel 9 that she walked to the convenience store to buy milk for her 1-year-old daughter. They said she left her purse and ID at home, signaling that she clearly intended to return

    “We're looking at every aspect of this case including phones and video,” said Cocoa police Chief Mike Cantaloupe. “We're just trying to put the pieces together and we'll continue working on it.” 

    Jackson's family said just last week she gave a deposition in a criminal case where she was the victim of a burglary and an attempted sexual battery. That case is pending. 

    Cocoa Police Department
    Sh'Mika Scott

    "Detectives have spoken to numerous witnesses and have been attempting to establish an accurate timeline of her last known movements," police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said.

    Anyone with information about Jackson's whereabouts is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477. Crime Stoppers is now offering a $1,000 reward for information regarding her disappearance. 

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