KENDRICK JACKSON – ENDANGERED MISSING April 7, 2006 – UPDATED 02.02.2013
Date of Birth: March 16, 2003
Height: 3’0” Weight: 35 lbs
Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Missing: April 7, 2006 From: Houston, TX
Last Seen Wearing: White T-Shirt and Pajama Shorts with Baseballs and Footballs on them.
Kendrick moved in with his father, Roderick Fountain, stepmother and two half-siblings a few months before his disappearance; he was previously raised by his maternal grandmother and mother, Keyanna Jackson. The family resided in the Canfield Falls apartment complex in the 1200 block of Wilcrest in Houston, Texas.
Roderick stated Kendrick disappeared from the apartment at 9:30 a.m. on April 7, 2006. He said he last saw his son in the child’s bedroom; Kendrick was sitting up in the bed at the time. Roderick left the apartment for a few minutes to do laundry and when he returned, Kendrick was missing and the front door was open.
Initially it was believed that Kendrick was abducted by a non-family member, as witnesses reported seeing him with an unidentified African-American man at a metro bus stop outside Kendrick’s apartment complex. The man was described as between 30 and 40 years old, 5’7” to 5’9” tall, and wearing jeans and a white t-shirt. The investigation quickly turned in another direction, however.
Just days after Kendrick was last seen, Roderick was arrested and charged with filing a false police report in connection with his son’s disappearance. He has reportedly made inconsistent statements about the events leading up to his son’s vanishing and cannot satisfactorily account for his whereabouts between 2:30 and 6:00 a.m. on April 7. The day after his arrest he was additionally charged with causing injury to a child; this charge is the result of bruises that were seen on Kendrick prior to his disappearance.
Later in 2006, Roderick was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Investigators had found a shotgun in his residence when they searched it for evidence in Kendrick’s case. Roderick has multiple felony convictions dating back to 1992, for drug, theft and weapons related offenses as well as violent offenses. He was accused of murdering a teenage boy in 2000, and actually arrested for the crime, but released due to lack of evidence. Because of his criminal history he is not legally allowed to own a gun. Roderick pleaded guilty to the firearms charge in September 2006; the projected release date for these charges is 2019.
Investigators have long believed Kendrick is deceased and Roderick was responsible for his death. He has been ordered to have no contact with the two other children he has by his wife. He has six additional children by other women. Keyanna has passed a lie detector test in connection with Kendrick’s disappearance and is not a suspect, and neither is any other member of Kendrick’s family. Keyanna initially stated she had believed Kendrick had been abducted by a stranger and Roderick had not harmed him. She later changed her mind and said she suspected Roderick had killed their son. She said she had witnessed Roderick severely abusing Kendrick on many occasions, but still allowed them to be together because she wanted the child to have a relationship with his father.
In June 2009, over three years after Kendrick’s disappearance, his father was charged with the child’s murder. He is charged with felony murder; that is, murder committed while committing felony injury to a child. Authorities believe Kendrick died after his father struck him with his bare hands. At his trial in the fall of 2011, Roderick’s defence argued that without a body, there was no proof the child was dead. Prosecutors theorized that Roderick killed Kendrick unintentionally while beating him. Two of Roderick’s former cellmates testified, saying he had told then he had killed Kendrick after the child wet himself, then wrapped the body in garbage bags and disposed of it off a boat ramp in Louisiana. Roderick was convicted of Kendrick’s murder in October 2011 and sentenced to life in prison. He maintains his innocence. Kendrick’s body has never been found.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Kendrick Jackson, please immediately contact the Houston Police Department at:
The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at: