Most disappearance cases involving people of color quickly fall off the national radar, if they ever even make it that far — a racist double standard considering the current Gabby Petito saga, critics claim.
In Missing Persons Cases. 40% of them are people of color, but that's not what we usually see represented in media coverage of the missing.
In 2001, a 10- and 3-year-old went missing in Chicago—a case that's since become complicated by time, trauma, and relations between law enforcement and the Black community.
Birthday presents were waiting for Desheena Kyle on June 25, but her family members say they never got the chance to give them to her.
The note sat on the back of Tracey Bradley's couch when she returned home from work late that morning. Written by her 10-year-old daughter, Tionda, the note said she and Diamond, her 3-year-old sister, had run by the store and to a park on Chicago’s South Side.
According to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are currently more than 50 Black girls missing from New York and New Jersey with nearly 20 going missing in the first few months of this year.
Natalie and Derrica Wilson are no strangers to missing persons cases. The sisters-in-law are co-founders of Black and Missing, Inc., an advocacy organization that assisted with the search for Relisha Rudd after she was last seen with Kahlil Tatum.
28-year-old Chelsey White was found safe. Before she was found, WHAS11 talked to a national group that says most Black women missing person cases go underreported.
News coverage for missing persons is even more scarce in the coronavirus pandemic, according to the co-founders of the Black and Missing Foundation.
Many of us think that it would never happen to us, but what if your child or loved one goes missing – do you have the necessary information to assist law enforcement or the FBI in identifying them.