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Luggage found on Spotsylvania road could be key clue in 19-year-old’s disappearance

Posted at 11:49 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-08 06:39:00-05

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. -- The disappearance of 19-year-old Kaitlin Akens is suspicious, according to the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office. The teenager's luggage was found scattered across the 6600 block of River Road early Monday morning, 48 hours after she was supposed to be in Arizona.

Even more baffling, according to Akens' family, was that her roommate’s credit card was still inside the luggage, and that card was her only means of financial support.

Katelin Akens

Katelin Akens

Akens' mom said her 19-year-old daughter was dropped off at Springfield Mall Saturday morning to catch a ride to the airport. She planned to take the Franconia-Springfield Metro to Reagan National Airport.

"She texted and said she made it there, but we don't know if that's true," Lisa Sullivan said.

The family has learned Akens never got on her flight and she has not yet been in contact with any family members.

"She and I text all day and if she doesn't hear from me, she'll blow up my phone if I don't answer her," Sullivan said.

Akens has lived in Arizona for more than a year, and her mom said she seemed excited to head west again to start a new chapter.

"She wanted to go back because she was excited about school,” said Sullivan. “She was supposed to start cosmetology today."

Katelin Akens

Katelin Akens

Sheriff’s deputies said Monday’s discovery of her luggage was bizarre and would require further investigating.

"We are certainly treating this as suspicious and the sheriff has allocated a lot of resources to it,” said Capt. Jeff Pearce.

The family member told CBS 6 after her stepfather dropped her off in Springfield there was no real evidence she ever made it to the airport.

Akens is a white female, 5'4" and 122 lbs. with blond hair and blue eyes.

The Spotsylvania Sheriff's office asked anyone who saw Akens to call their office at 540-507-7200 or Spotsylvania Crime Stoppers at 540-582-5822.