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FBI to join in search for woman reported missing in Spotsylvania County six years ago

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is joining forces with area law enforcement in the effort to find a woman missing for nearly six years.

The FBI Richmond office stated Friday morning that nearly six years ago on Dec. 5, 2015, Katelin Akens, then a 19-year-old, was last seen in the area of Oak Crest Drive in Partlow, Virginia.

She vanished after her stepfather drove the 19-year-old from Spotsylvania County to Springfield Town Center, according to police. She had been scheduled to fly to Arizona to start school, and her stepfather said she decided she wanted to do some shopping and would take the Metro to Reagan National Airport.

A road crew found her luggage Monday along a rural road in Spotsylvania County two days later. Her family says it contained money, credit cards and her plane ticket.

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The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s office has said it does not believe Akens ever left Spotsylvania County.

Katelin is a white female with blue eyes, and at the time of her disappearance was 5’4”, 122 pounds with blonde hair. Katelin has distinctive tattoos, specifically five butterflies on her arm and three stars on her right foot; and piercings in her belly button, nose and lip.

If you have any information on the case, authorities ask that you call 1-800-928-5822. You can also provide information to the FBI at (804) 261-1044 or

The missing person poster can be found here.


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