Missouri officials looking for six individuals, including two kids, involved in a cult who have been missing since August 2023

ST.LOUIS, MI - According to a report from Fox News, law enforcement with the state of Missouri are actively searching for six missing people who they say were following the teachings of a so-called online prophet named Rashad Jamal. 

The group of six people, including two young children, reportedly disappeared from the St. Louis area on August 13, 2023. Months later, the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) announced that they are searching for 25-year-old Mikayla Thompson of St. Louis; 30-year-old Naaman Williams of Washington, D.C.; 27-year-old Gerrielle German of Lake Horn, Mississippi; two-year-old Ashton Williams of Lake Horn; 36-year-old Ma'Kayla Wickerson of St. Louis; and three-year-old Malaiyah Wickerson of St. Louis.

In a press release, BPD said that they all disappeared from a rental home near Lambert St. Louis Airport. BPD said in a statement, "The investigation revealed these individuals had become a part of a spiritual cult and they follow the teachings of a man named Rashad Jamal (White). Rashad Jamal has tens of thousands of followers across multiple social media platforms. It should be noted he was recently convicted of various crimes in the state of Georgia and is serving a lengthy prison sentence."

The group was reportedly last seen on August 13, 2023, at a Quality Inn Hotel located at 55 Dunn Road in Florissant, Missouri. Police said that the one thing all four missing adults have in common is they're following of Rashad Jamal. 

Jamal is a self-proclaimed "prophet" and rapper who created the University of Cosmic Intelligence, an online religious group with thousands of followers across the United States. In August 2023, the same month that the six missing people were last seen, a Barrow County judge sentenced Jamal to 18 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of child molestation and cruelty to children.

On August 25, 2023, Jamal filed a motion for a new trial, citing that the state of Georgia "failed to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt." Even though he is currently incarcerated, Jamal posted a YouTube video during the first week of 2024 saying, "The only law I broken was speaking out against oppression ... The only thing I am guilty of is freeing the minds of my people and speaking out against the system, and I'll never back down from that."

According to reports, Jamal has nearly 190,000 followers on TikTok, more than 10,000 followers on X, and 90,000 followers on Instagram. On his social media platforms, he shares videos expressing his beliefs that people are "avatars," and that "birds are government-operated drones used to spy on civilians, Arizona is a gateway to Africa, and the Mississippi River is actually the Nile River."

The University of Cosmic Intelligence claims that Jamal's group is "geared toward enlightening and illuminating the minds of the carbonated beings, a.k.a your so called [sic] Black and Latino people of Earth." Jamal is said to preach about "high vibration" individuals who "want to connect with the Earth" and their "ancient pasts" versus "low vibration" individuals who "make the world a more toxic place.

In a May 2022 video, Jamal said, "I am a god and all of my people, the black and Latino people, are gods. And we were made in the image of our creator. Therefore, I am an extension of her/them, and I am the creator and destroyer of my reality, so I take full responsibility for all events that I have experienced through this lifetime, for this is what we call shadow work in the spiritual realm."

The University of Cosmic Intelligence website also has items like crystals, crystal necklaces, bracelets and other items for sale at odd prices. Some of those prices are $333.33, $222, or $119.99. The website offers enrollment packages for lectures, blog posts, videos and merchandise for $333.33. He also asks for $9 donations to support his family via YouTube.

In 2022, Fox News Digital reported that several of Jamal's followers, including Damien Winslow Washam, Krystal Diane Pinkins, and Yasmine Hider had been accused of two separate murders in Alabama. Washam was found not guilty of killing his mother with a sword by reason of insanity.

In the beginning of 2024, Pinkins and Hider were sentenced for killing 22-year-old Adam Sinjee who was hiking with his girlfriend in the Talladega National Forest in Alabama when Pinkins and Hider staged a car breakdown and robbed them. Pinkins and Hider allegedly had connections to Jamal's work through social media.

Several of Jamal's followers have reportedly reached out to Fox News Digital insisting upon his innocence, not only in relation to the murder cases, but in his molestation case filed in Jackson County as well. BPD is shining a new light on Jamal and the University of Cosmic Intelligence as it connects the disappearance of the six missing people who come from different states, but met and all moved in together in St. Louis for a short amount of time before they vanished.

Police said that neighbors reported seeing the group of six, including the young children, meditating naked in the yard outside of their rental home. 

In their press release, BPD said, "The level of disconnect these cult members have demonstrated with friends and family members is unfathomable. We have learned that similar cult members travel at great lengths to live off the grid and stay with fellow cult members and that their economic status does not appear to be a factor."

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the whereabouts of these six missing individuals to contact BPD in Missouri or their local law enforcement office. 
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