For two weeks the family of Kameela Russell has been frantically searching for her. Russell, 41, was last seen pulling up to her aunts house on May 15th and never seen again.
On that day, her aunt says, she saw Russell pull up into her driveway to pick up her young daughter. The aunt became concerned when Russell never entered the house.
The family reported her missing immediately because it wasn't in Russell's nature to disappear or leave without her children. She also hadn't reported for work as a test administrator at Miami Norland Senior High School.
For two weeks no one knew where Russell was until an anonymous tip was called into the police on where to find her.
"The body was found less than a block away from where Russell disappeared from the driveway of her aunt’s home, along the 800 block of Northwest 203rd Street.
Police shut down Northwest 203rd Street last Tuesday in hopes of finding Russell and could be seen focusing on the home of a former colleague near 15th Avenue.
One of the men who found the body described how he felt when he saw the decomposed body.
“It was crazy to see just a life, you know, just gone, wasted, just laying there decomposing,” the man said.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools issued a statement on Wednesday morning following the identification of Russell’s body.
“Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is deeply saddened about the painful and shocking news involving the passing of a Miami Norland Senior High School teacher. All available counseling resources will be deployed to the school immediately to assist students and staff during this extremely difficult time. School district staff and Miami-Dade Schools Police will continue to work with the Miami Gardens Police Department, which has been handling this case since the employee’s disappearance from her home. The entire M-DCPS family is heartbroken. We ask that the community join us as we keep Kameela Russell’s loved ones in our prayers.”
Superintendent Alberto Carvalho also weighed in on the tragic news."
Russell's death is being investigated as a homicide because preliminary testing shows she died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Our prayers are with her young daughters and her entire family. Let's hope those responsible for her death are brought to justice soon!