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Previous attempted homicide victim has been missing for a month in Brooksville

Posted at 11:07 PM, Mar 12, 2019

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Keyonna Cole has been missing for a month now out of Brooksville.

"She always made sure that she checked in with family members or saw her son and neither has happened since February 10th," said Det. Nikki Stevens with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Detective Stevens says she believes Cole is in danger because she was previously a victim of an attempted homicide back in October.

"She was strangled and the 5-month-old fetus that she was carrying subsequently died because of the attack on her," said Det. Stevens.

Cole was supposed to meet with Detective Stevens on February 11th about the suspect Dwayne Williams, who is charged with Cole’s attempted murder, but Cole never showed up.

Though Williams has not been named person of interest in their investigation of Cole’s disappearance, her cousin believes the cases are related.

Deputies: Woman missing in Hernando County is previous attempted homicide victim

"She kept getting threats to be paid off not to testify and she was scared," her cousin Siamone Hicks said.

Cole's family, now caring for her three-year-old son, is confident she was taken by force. Investigators believe she is in danger.

“We’re a very close family. She just wouldn’t leave like this. She checked in with her aunts all the time, that’s who has her son. She would never leave like this, Hicks said.

Investigators say she was last seen here walking along Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard.

If you have seen Keyonna Cole or know her current whereabouts, please call Detective Nikki Stevens at 352-754-6830 or your local law enforcement agency.