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Monday, March 20, 2006

Now this family has faith, Anquiatte Parker and Cermen Lamunt Toney Jr aren't forgotten

Two remain missing after months
By Denise Hollinshed

Dogs, police and volunteers have searched 17 times for a pregnant baby sitter and a 4-year-old boy who have been missing since November.

Illinois State Police agents have even spoken to psychics, who told them that 19-year-old Anquiaette Parker, who was eight months pregnant, and the boy, Cermen Toney, were facing each other in a wooded area. Still, there has been no word of their whereabouts, although police are pointing to a Collinsville man in the disappearances Nov. 6.

Illinois State Police Lt. Greg Fernandez said police had gathered substantial evidence in the case and were awaiting DNA results from the state crime lab.

Fernandez was scheduled to retire in February but has postponed it until July in hopes of finding Parker and her 4-year-old nephew. He said he has had sleepless nights since working on the case.

"I'm at a loss," Fernandez said. "I was going to retire in February, but I just can't walk away from this because I feel I have a responsibility to the family. They want to know what happened to their people. I want to know what happened."

He said a two-day delay in filing a missing person report didn't help. Parker, 19, of East St. Louis, and Cermen, 4, of Centreville, were last seen in State Park Place on Nov. 6. Family members didn't file a missing person report until two days later.

"That kills you in any case," Fernandez said. "I don't know if we are going to ever find them."

Parker's 1995 black Crown Victoria was recovered from the area. Her boyfriend, Reginald V. Moses, 20, of East St. Louis, supplied police with information that led them to a Collinsville man and to Parker's jacket. Moses is in the St. Clair County Jail on charges resulting from a shooting in East St. Louis.

Fernandez said he asks the Illinois State Police crime lab every week about the DNA analysis that is the key in the case to charging their suspect.

Parker's father, Gregory Parker of East St. Louis, said at least 60 people, including 25 children who wanted to know what happened to their cousins, marched through the neighborhoods last Saturday. He said they were met with hostility by five Caseyville police officers with dogs.

"I'm here for one reason only, and that is to bring my kids home," Parker said. "We can't have no closure until then. I'm not going to leave the community until I find them. They might as well get used to it. Ain't no fear in our hearts anymore."

Parker said a State Police agent told him later that he wouldn't let up, either, if it was his family. He said it's a shame if they are being harassed.

State Park volunteer firefighter Billie Hayes, 58, said he has participated in most of the searches.

"We searched all the wooded areas, and they were up in helicopters and we floated down the creeks in a boat," said Hayes, who has been in the fire department for 32 years. "We haven't given up on the search."

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  • At Monday, November 05, 2007 2:26:00 PM, Anonymous Loretha said…

    It feels as though this young lady and little boy have been forgotten,but im still curious as to whether this investigation is still open.So sad the media has let this case go cold without occasionally mentioning it in the news.These are somebodys children and it seems like everybodys has given up on finding them.Hopefully someone will revive the search and awareness that they have not been found...

  • At Saturday, January 26, 2008 9:43:00 PM, Blogger FindJoshuaMarks said…

    No Sign Of Metro East Cousins 2 Years After Disappearance

    Created: 11/6/2007 5:51:02 PM
    Last updated: 11/6/2007 9:26:17 PM

    By Rebecca Wu

    (KSDK) - Two Metro East cousins went missing on Nov. 6, 2005.

    Cermen Toney Jr., 4, was in the care of his 19-year-old cousin, Anquiatte Parker.

    Her vehicle was found abandoned in the parking lot of the VFW near Fairmount City.

    Parker lived with her grandmother, Daisy Brown. Brown hasn't changed her granddaughters' bedroom in two years.

    "For one reason I keep thinking she's going to walk through the door. I keep thinking she's going to walk in the door. And I didn't want to disturb her stuff. But it's been two years today, so maybe I'm dreaming," Brown said.

    Illinois State Police said they are still getting tips but they turn out to be different versions of what they've already heard.

    Investigators identified a person of interest a while back, but have not yet named any suspects.

  • At Wednesday, April 09, 2008 12:45:00 AM, Blogger From Whispers to Roars Admin said…

    Sadly their bodies have been located.

  • At Saturday, March 22, 2014 11:15:00 AM, Blogger From Whispers to Roars Admin said…

    EDWARDSVILLE — Kevin Reid will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, after a Madison County jury convicted him Thursday of killing 4-year-old Cermen "C.J." Toney and Anquiaette Parker in 2005.

    The jury found Reid guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, the murder of Parker's unborn baby and of concealing homicidal deaths. Madison County Circuit Judge James Hackett ordered a pre-sentencing investigation, but with two first-degree murder convictions, there is only one sentence in Illinois law: life in prison without the possibility of parole.
    Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at or 618-239-2507.

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