His dream was to become a dentist, but now his mother says it’s as if 36-year-old Kael Johnson has vanished off the face of the earth. Johnson, a/k/a Meekaa’eel Collins, was last seen on February 15 in the wee hours inside a 7-Eleven convenience store.
Then Johnson is never seen again. And it’s not until 13 days later when a major clue surfaces in the search and investigation.
On Valentine’s Day, February 14, Johnson reached out to his mother, Beverly, by text message about taking his final for his dental program. He even sent her copies of his grades, all A’s. Johnson recently moved to Las Vegas from North Carolina to enroll in a dental program and was seemingly excited about his future.
Inside the investigation
Johnson and his roommate shared a 2004 Dodge Ram pick-up truck: Johnson during the day for school, his roommate at night for work as a traveling nurse. On February 14, after texting his mother, Johnson told his roommate he was heading out in the silver pick-up to celebrate the end of classes.
Johnson was out alone and used his credit card, according to his mother. At approximately 2 a.m. he was captured on surveillance video at the local 7-Eleven withdrawing money, buying cigarettes and a Snapple.
Since then, there has been no sign of Johnson, no texts, no phone calls, no credit card use, and no contact with his roommate.
Beverly Johnson says her son planned to enroll in the next set of classes, but the school has no indication he tried to sign up or contact the program since he vanished.
The next day, February 16, the roommate reports Johnson missing.
Almost two weeks after his disappearance, a major clue in the investigation surfaces at a local Las Vegas park. The same silver 2004 Dodge Ram truck Johnson was last seen driving, found abandoned at a nature preserve, Wetlands Park.
According to Johnson’s mother, police told her Johnson’s new iPhone and wallet were found inside the truck and there appears to be no signs of a robbery.
More surveillance video in the investigation
Reports are now surfacing, the morning of the 15th, the day Johnson vanishes, his truck was caught on surveillance video entering Wetlands Park before 8 a.m. But the clue turns out to be unsubstantial when no one, including Beverly Johnson, could identify who was behind the wheel. A glare on the window makes it impossible to determine who was driving, a hindrance that could have cracked the case wide open.
Volunteers and police have combed through Wetlands Park, searching by helicopter, by horseback and on foot for any sign of Johnson. Volunteers have even passed out fliers at Johnson’s school.
Was foul play involved?
Kael Johnson had just celebrated his birthday and was following his dream to become a dentist. So how did he just disappear without a trace? His mother wants answers and is still praying and hoping her son will call her one day and come home.
“I can’t understand why my son, Kael Johnson, is missing,” Beverly Johnson said. “He was in good spirits the last time we spoke. He sent me a Happy Valentine’s Day text and bragged about his good grades. He constantly sent me pictures of his test scores from the dental program he was attending because he wanted me to be proud of his accomplishments. He also mentioned that he was preparing to take his finals early the next day. That was the very last that I heard from my son.
"My prayer is that no one has done any harm to an intelligent, kind-hearted gentleman like Kael. He would give his last dime if one in need asked. My son vanishing is a mystery to me. With God’s grace and mercy, I ask all who hear or read this message to pray for my son’s safety and that he returns to me in his correct mind, without any hurt, harm or danger.”
The Las Vegas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Kael Johnson.
“A missing person report was filed with our agency. Unfortunately this is an ongoing investigation and additional information regarding this case is not available at this time,” a police spokesperson told HLN.
Anyone with information for Metro Police can call the following tip lines: Missing Persons Detail at 702-828-2907/702-828-3111 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. Information can also be submitted to Black & Missing Foundation's anonymous tip line at http://www.blackandmissinginc.com/cdad/tip.cfm.
Please help bring Kael Johnson home.