Black and Missing Foundation
Gift Kamau was last seen on the morning of March 30 leaving her home in Madison, Illinois, on her way to class at St. Louis University.
An Instagram post announcing that 14 black girls went missing in D.C. within a 24-hour period sent people into a tizzy. Celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union began posting about the missing Black girls in D.C. Soon, the Congressional Black Caucus was involved and called for the FBI to investigate. That's not all. Press conferences were held and demands made for authorities to pay more attention to the plight of missing black women in D.C. Problem was, the information was incorrect.
Over a dozen District teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 18—all Black or Hispanic—are missing. Concerned residents held a town hall meeting to question officials.
In a case described as troubling, police believe missing Aurora, Colorado teen Lashaya Stine left home at 2:30 a.m. in July to meet with someone. She has not been seen since then.
William Toney's last calls and texts were on November 19 to some of his female friends. After that, everything, his cell phone and his social media, went blank.
Monica Elaine Sykes, 25, vanished in October after leaving her home in Berkeley, Missouri, that she shared with an older sister.
Arianna's mother Nicole Fitts was found dead and buried in the fetal position in McLaren Park in San Francisco.
Nicholas Alexander Lee McCray told friends he was heading home to Detroit and is believed to have been en route from North Dakota. He was last heard from on social media Nov. 17.
Sierra Shields' family hopes the federal government will replicate a New York measure that allows families to immediately file adult missing persons reports.