Antanisha "Neisha" Dawson. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Dawson's body was found near Meridith Street North and Pope Lane in the North Smithfield community. Investigators believe she was killed somewhere else and her body dumped here. Source: WBRC video
Family members held a vigil for Antanisha Dawson a week after she was found murdered. Source: WBRC video
Sharon Dawson, Antanisha Dawson's mother, is asking anyone with information about her daughter's murder to step forward. Source: WBRC video
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -
Investigators are still trying to solve the murder of a young mother whose body was found in north Jefferson County in September.
Officials say Antanisha Dawson, a 22-year-old mother to a one-year-old son, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. They believe she may have been murdered at one location then her body dumped along the dead end road of Pope Lane in the North Smithfield Community.
Antanisha, known as "Neisha" to her friends and family members, was one of ten children to Sharon Dawson.
"Neisha was a good person. She had a lot of friends. She was a sweet girl. I don't know who would want do something like this to her," Sharon said.
Sharon is pleading for anyone who has information about her daughter's death to come forward.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is also asking for the public's help in solving the crime. The sheriff's office says Dawson was last seen alive at a friend's house around 1 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. Investigators say she may have received a ride from someone from the area of Highway 79 and Valley Crest Drive. Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian says he believes she accepted a ride from someone she trusted.
Less than 24 hours after she was last seen, Dawson's body was discovered during the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 19, when a man walking in the neighborhood found her body and called police.
"What we are looking at here is a cold-blooded murder. When she was dumped on the side of the road, and everybody deserves better than that," Christian said.
The sheriff's department issued a statement today saying "little is known about what transpired during the hours in between" when Dawson was last seen and her body was found. Investigators are hoping someone with information will step forward to fill in those gaps.
"There is no victim that cries out for justice than one silenced at the hands of a murderer," Christian said.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case, or who may know about Dawson's activities between the time she was last seen and the time her body was found, to contact them. You can call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at at 205-325-1450 or Crimestoppers at 205-254-7777. You name will be kept confidential.