Why families of missing women often have to do the search themselves

“We’re out there trying to bring her home,” said Ms. Rues. “We take every missing case seriously. It is more difficult if the missing persons do not want to be found. “

Callahan Walsh, a child advocate at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said girls were often persuaded and encouraged online to go out alone so that police would fire them as runaways.

Mr Walsh said the center received around 500 calls from missing people every week. Although black children make up 14 percent of the country’s children, they make up 31 percent of the center’s missing child reports, he said. There can be conscious and unconscious bias among law enforcement officers in cases involving blacks that lead to less attention, Walsh said.

More than 70,000 black girls under the age of 18 were reported missing last year National Crime Information Center. Statistics on missing Hispanic Americans are harder to come by because they are classified as “white” in the federal data.

“Some of these children were actually found,” said Erika M. Rivers, who the Our black girls Missing website three years ago. “Even if people are found, it’s still an astronomical number.”

Overall, according to the National Crime Center, about 88 percent of people of all races who were reported missing in the past year were later found, returned home, or found invalid.

Ms. Rivers’ website lists the case of. on Melinda Fieldswho disappeared 15 years ago in Conway, SC, in August 2020, Brittany Palmer, A 23-year-old man with a brain injury who walked with a walker or cane was missing in Jacksonville, Florida. Dawnita Wilkerson was last seen getting into a silver Chevy Suburban at a motel in Evansville, Indiana, on June 21, 2020, according to the FBI

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