(Hyattsville, MD) – In commemoration of Black History Month and as part of its year-round commitment to providing awareness of missing persons of color, the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAMFI) today announced a new platform to highlight cases of its missing. ‘Our Untold Stories’ takes a look at the cases of Teleka Patrick, Dashad Smith and Pamela Butler, whose disappearance remains a mystery. The program, hosted by BAMFI’s Board Member and News Coordinator for WTTG, Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C Micheline Bowman will include an in depth interview with family members of the missing.
The program will air at 7pm each Thursday in February, beginning February 6, on BAMFI’s You Tube channel (youtube.com/bamfiorg).
“At BAMFI, we are committed to providing platforms to bring awareness to our missing and Black History Month provides a special opportunity to shine a spotlight,” said Co-Founder of BAMFI Natalie Wilson. “We believe that someone knows something.”
“Our Untold Stories is a program to help us find us,” said Co-Founder of BAMFI Derrica Wilson. “By featuring profiles of our missing, it is our HOPE that the least bit of information can lead to a recovery or much deserved answers for families.”
“Imagine if someone in your family went missing,” said Host Micheline Bowman. “Help starts with us making a difference now! We hope that our community will not only be informed but empowered to take action to help find our missing.”
Programming schedule include:
- February 6: Teleka Patrick
Dr. Teleka Patrick, a first-year psychiatry resident at Western Michigan University School of Medicine, was last seen Dec. 5, 2013 when she left the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center, where she was working that day.
Her car was found about two hours later in a ditch alongside westbound I-94 in northern Indiana about 110 miles from Kalamazoo. There is still no sign of Teleka.
- February 13: Pamela Butler
Five years ago this week, Pamela Butler of Northwest Washington, DC vanished from her home under suspicious circumstances. Pamela was supposed to spend Valentine’s Day with her mother, but never showed.
Police questioned Pamela’s ex-boyfriend, but there have been no charges and her body has never been found. The Butler family believe that Pamela was murdered and her body hidden in a place where it may never be found.
- February 20: Dashad Smith
Dashad Smith, also known as Sage, Sagey and Unique, was last seen Nov. 20, 2012 in the 500 block of West Main Street in Charlottesville, VA. Police say Dashad had phone contact with Erik McFadden that day. The two planned to meet on West Main Street.
But more than one year later, Dashad is still missing along with the Eric McFadden.
- February 27: Why is BAMFI Needed?
Founders Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson discuss the importance of BAMFI, empowering the community to take action and getting involved.
About Black and Missing Foundation Inc.:
Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAMFI) is established as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, by a veteran law enforcement official and public relations specialist, whose mission is to bring awareness to missing persons of color; provide vital resources and tools to missing person’s families and friends; and to provide educational training on personal safety. BAMFI offers a free clearinghouse, which highlights profiles and information on missing persons of color, nationally. Profiles of missing individuals, throughout the nation, as well as news, information, and tips, can be found at BAMFI’s Web site: www.bamfi.org, IG: @blackandmissingfdn, Twitter: @BAM_FI or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bamfiorg.
Photo credit: Black and Missing Foundation