Rita Papakee (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Rita Papakee (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Rita Janelle Papakee

Missing Person

NAME: Rita Janelle Papakee
DOB: June 1, 1973
WEIGHT: 145 – 170 lbs.
HEIGHT: 5’04”
RACE: Native American
HAIR: Brown
EYES: Brown
SEX: Female
INCIDENT TYPE: Other adult missing
MISSING FROM: Meskwaki Nation
Tama, IA
Tama County
INVESTIGATING AGENCY: Meskwaki Nation Police Department
CASE NUMBER: 15-001969
NamUs MP # 28859
MISSING SINCE: January 16, 2015


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Rita Papakee was reported missing to the Meskwaki Nation Police in Tama, Iowa, on January 16, 2015, and they are asking for assistance in locating her.

Papakee was last seen leaving the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel, and her whereabouts after she left the casino are unknown.

Police believe she may be in the Des Moines or Cedar Rapids area, and a $25,000.00 reward* has been offered for information leading to her location.

She is described as a 41-year-old 5-foot-3 Native American weighing between 170 and 200 pounds. She has long brown hair and brown eyes.

DNA samples have been submitted and tests are complete.

Information Needed

If you know where Rita J. Papakee may be or have information leading directly to her whereabouts, please contact Det. Kimberly Schwartz at the Meskwaki Nation Police Department at (641) 484-4844, the Tip Line at (641) 484-5400, or the Tama County Dispatch at (641) 484-3760.

* The Tribal Council of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa reserves the right to award any and all funds in its sole discretion.



9 Responses to Rita Papakee

  1. Sad to see she has not been found yet…I will keep her family & friends in my thoughts and prayers

  2. Lu Eggers says:

    Keeping her & Family in my thoughts & prayers

  3. I hope someone comes forward . I pray she’s safe. Prayers for the family and friends.

  4. Jacy Bunz says:

    Honestly this is the first I have heard of this.

  5. I’ve recently found out about this from this Facebook page. We need the national news to do a comprehensive show on missing persons at least every year. We must do better as a society.

  6. I remember checking her fb page for updates. I hope she is found

  7. I hope they find her so the family can have some closure…….Michelle Papakee..

  8. Kris Starks says:

    There is a young man that is missing now for 9 days from Clinton, IA. I just found his page. His wife is frantically searching for him. He was in the hospital for 5 day because of a seizure disorder and had just been released. Then he went missing. His name is Joshua Snyder….heartbreaking!! I hope he is found safe and sound as well. Had this lady won a large sum of money??

  9. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    There are a number of Native American women, who have disappeared. However, they don’t a lot of attention from news media, since their disappearances take place on Indian Reservations, and either Tribal Police or Bureau of Indian Affairs Police don’t have the resources. Also there are jurisdiction issues that complicate law enforcement issues on the reservations. Also some of these reservations cover a lot of territory, for the detailed search.

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