Michael Robertson, a 41-year-old Michigan man, has been charged with killing his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child. The charges occurred almost five years since she was last seen alive. 

According to authorities, the 22-year-old Baltimore woman Akia Eggleston was excited about the birth of her second child and planning to move in with Michael Roberston in May 2017 when she suddenly disappeared eight months into her pregnancy. 

Family members reported the young mom missing when she never showed up for her baby shower, but the case of Eggleston’s murder languished for years without an arrest or any outward sign of progress from investigators.

On Tuesday, Robertson was arrested by police in Michigan, where he had moved some time after Eggleston’s disappearance. 

The 41-year-old is accused of two counts of murder. On Thursday, prosecutors cited cellphone data from the accused killer and his alleged victim as key evidence in the decision to file charges.

Akia Eggleston Missing for Years

According to the probable cause warrant that led to Robertson’s arrest, 22-year-old Eggleston was busy preparing for the arrival of her second child when she was last seen alive on May 3, 2017. 

Her baby shower had been scheduled for later that week, and she was in the process of moving into a new apartment with her boyfriend and the father of her newest child, then-37-year-old Robertson.

Akia Eggleston, 22, was 8 months pregnant when she went missing in 2017. Her boyfriend and the father of her child Michael Robertson is charged with her murder.
Akia Eggleston, 22, was 8 months pregnant when she went missing in 2017. Her boyfriend and the father of her child Michael Robertson is charged with her murder. Photo credit: FBI

That day, court documents claim, Eggleston was seen depositing about $500 at her bank before making a large cash withdrawal — money she believed would be used as a security deposit for the couple’s new home. 

On May 7, eight months into her pregnancy, Eggleston never showed up at her baby shower. Growing concerned for her safety, her gathered loved ones phoned police to report the 22-year-old missing that day. 

Officially, the trail went cold soon after. Months passed with no arrests made in connection with Eggleston’s disappearance. 

Her case became a pet cause for family members and activists as her story disappeared from headlines. 

The 2017 disappearance of pregnant Baltimore woman Akia Eggleston, 22, languished for years before her boyfriend Michael Robertson was charged Tuesday.
The 2017 disappearance of pregnant Baltimore woman Akia Eggleston, 22, languished for years before her boyfriend Michael Robertson was charged Tuesday. Photo credit: FBI

In 2019, Eggleston’s stepfather Shawn Wilkinson appeared on ABC’s The View to plead for help in bringing her home. More recently, public interest groups like the Black and Missing Foundation have pointed to her case as an example of what’s been called “missing white woman syndrome.” 

But no new breakthroughs would emerge until this week.  

Michael Robertson Charged in Cold Case

At a press conference announcing Robertson’s arrest on Thursday, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby mapped out the investigate trail that led to the 41-year-old being charged with murder. 

There was no new apartment, authorities believe. Instead, court doucments allege that Robertson led Eggleston through an elaborate ruse before murdering her and her unborn child. 

“Robertson falsely led Eggleston to believe they were going to move in together,” investigators wrote, adding that the boyfriend went so far as to send her phony pictures of a fake rental home to sell the lie.

Mosby told reporters that cellphone data showed Robertson was at work while his girlfriend withdrew the cash. The same records show he was at her house that afternoon, when Eggleston texted a friend about her upcoming shower — the last message she ever sent, police believe. 

An hour later, cellphone data shows that Robertson was driving across Baltimore to the home of another woman he was dating. Eggleston, meanwhile, was never seen or heard from again. 

Michael Robertson, 41, was arrested in Michigan this week for the 2017 murder of his pregnant girlfriend Akia Eggleston.
Michael Robertson, 41, was arrested in Michigan this week for the 2017 murder of his pregnant girlfriend Akia Eggleston. Photo credit: Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office

Months later, when a local TV news station aired a piece on his girlfriend’s disappearance, Robertson reportedly conducted Web searches about trash and dumpster pickup schedules in greater Baltimore.

Police eyed Robertson as a suspect immediately and interviewed him during the first weeks of their investigation. But his “few statements” were “contradictory and deceptive,” prosecutors wrote in court filings. He fled Maryland for Michigan soon after. 

Neither Eggleston’s remains nor her cellphone were ever found. 

But on Tuesday, U.S. Marshals in Michigan arrested Robertson at his Muskegon home. He’s charged with the killing of his girlfriend and her unborn child. 

Details on his extradition to Maryland were not immediately available Thursday evening. If convicted, Robertson could face life in prison for each homicide charge.