Real Name: Malakia Zali Logan
Location: Greenwood, South Carolina
Date: May 15, 1988
Date of Birth: August 1, 1979
Weight: 60 lbs.
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: African-American female, born with two holes in her heart.
Details: On the evening of May 15, 1988, eight-year-old Malakia Logan and her sister went to play in the basketball court of a park near their apartment in Greenwood, South Carolina. At around 8:15pm, she left on her bicycle and headed back home, which was just 300 yards away. She never arrived and was never seen again. Her bike was later found near the apartment office. This case remains unsolved.
Suspects: Witnesses reported seeing a stranger near the basketball court shortly before Malakia vanished. He was described as white, blond, and pockmarked. He was believed to be driving a dark, older-model Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He has never been located.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the January 24, 1990 episode along with four other missing child cases: Tara Calico, Leticia Hernandez, Jessica Gutierrez, and David Borer.
Results: Unresolved. On October 1, 1990, Malakia's remains were found in a wooded area on U.S. Forest Service property in Newberry County. However, they were not positively identified until 1998, ten years after she vanished. DNA testing confirmed her identity.
In November 2002, fifty-year-old Charles Wade Hampton was charged with murder, abduction, and sexual misconduct in relation to this case. He confessed to her murder and the rape and murders of at least two other people. However, he later recanted. At the time, he was serving time for "peeping Tom" crimes. He had been a suspect in this case since 1996. However, in June 2007, the charges against him were dropped. DNA testing ruled him out in one of the other murders, and investigators did not have any evidence to corroborate his confession to Malakia's murder.
However, Hampton did plead guilty to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to eight years in prison. Prosecutors noted that they could charge him again if new evidence would surface.
- 8-year-old girl missing from home - May 16, 1988
- 2 men sought for questioning in disappearance - May 18, 1988
- Drawing is strongest lead - May 19, 1988
- Mother of missing girl says waiting is difficult - May 22, 1988
- Woman's efforts "snowball" - July 10, 1988
- 4 months later, Logan leads all fruitless - September 15, 1988
- SC Girl's Abduction Still a Mystery to Investigators - May 13, 1989
- Indictment in 14-year-old disappearance of Greenwood girl - November 7, 2002
- Death penalty could be sought for Kia Logan's alleged killer (Page 1) (Page 2) - November 16, 2002
- Murder charge dropped - June 22, 2007
- Suspect in murder of Greenwood County eight-year-old may soon walk free - June 25, 2007
- Malakia Logan Memorial Scholarship
- Malakia Logan on the Unresolved Podcast