Mahogany Jaquise Jackson has been reported missing in Birmingham, Alabama: was taken hostage

Mahogany Jaquise Jackson
Mahogany Jaquise Jackson

A young Birmingham woman has been missing since Sunday morning after her family received a message saying she was being held hostage and to send police.

Mahogany Jaquise Jackson, 20, sent her mother and her sister the messages, along with sharing her location, her mother said.

The location was at Serenity Apartments in Birmingham’s Powderly community, and Jackson was nowhere to be found when police and family members showed up there.

“I don’t know where she is,’’ said her frantic mother, Gail Maddox. “I need to know something.”

Birmingham police Sunday night issued a missing alert for Jackson. Detectives have been investigating all day.

Maddox said she was on her way to pick up her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter from the airport in Atlanta when her other daughter called her and said she’d received a disturbing message from Jackson.

Maddox looked at her phone – it was 7:46 a.m. – and she, too, had missed calls through Facebook messenger, but Maddox was on the phone, so she didn’t receive the notification.

“She sent me a text message that said she was being held hostage and sent her location,’’ Maddox said. She told her mom not to call her but to call police.

Family members rushed to that location, as did Birmingham police.

The resident of the apartment, a female who Jackson knows, finally allowed them inside but they did not see Jackson.

That woman told police Jackson had been there, but had left at 2 a.m.

“I know that’s not true because she sent that message and her location at 7:46 a.m.,’’ Maddox said.

“Between then and now, I don’t know what happened,’’ she said.

Maddox fears something terrible has happened.

“I feel it in my stomach,’’ she said. “My daughter would never say call the police, but she was afraid and that’s why she asked us to.’’

Jackson is 5-foot, 3-inches tall and weighs 122 pounds. She was last wearing a blonde wig, black shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call 205-328-9311.

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