Armani Kelly, Montoya Givens, Dante Wicker
DETROIT — Three Michigan rap artists who were scheduled to perform at a Detroit club on January 21 have not been heard from since the show was canceled that day.
The 10-day search grew into a multi-agency investigation involving multiple state police departments.
“The fact that all three of them are missing is very concerning and very alarming to us,” the Detroit police commander said. Michael McGinnis.
Authorities say Armani Kelly, 28, of Oscoda, whose stage name is Marley Whoop, was first reported missing to Oscoda police on January 22 after his mother failed to of his news. She tracked her car, which Kelly was using, with OnStar. The vehicle was found in Warren, just outside of Detroit, McGinnis said.
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Once news of Kelly’s disappearance spread, the families of rappers Kelly were with the night he disappeared – Montoya Givens, 31, of Detroit, and Dante Wicker, 31, of Melvindale – realized that they too had not heard of them. and filed missing persons reports, McGinnis said.
Detroit Police Chief James White said homicide and missing persons investigators were involved in the case.
“We look at everything,” he said.
White said investigators believe Kelly, Givens and Wicker were together at Lounge 31 on Detroit’s east side, where they planned to perform at some point that evening. What is unclear, he says, is what happened to them after they left.
All three men’s cellphone activity had stopped in the early hours of Jan. 22, including all activity on their social media accounts, according to White.
“We just have a lot of unanswered questions,” and some family members are starting to lose hope, McGinnis said.
McGinnis urged the community to provide any information regarding the whereabouts of Kelly, Givens and Wicker.
“We need help,” McGinnis said. “We want to find them and bring them home to their loved ones.”
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