Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.
NewsOne has partnered with the Black and Missing Foundation and TV One to focus on the crisis of missing African Americans.
To be a part of the solution, NewsOne will profile a missing person weekly and provide tips about how to keep your loved ones safe and what to do if someone goes missing, while TV One‘s newest show, “Find Our Missing,” hosted by award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, tells these stories in visual form.
Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 1, 1997
Missing Date: July 28, 2012
Age Now: 15
Missing City: New Haven
Missing State: Connecticut
Hair Color: Brown
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: The night she went missing, her mother says someone picked Leah up from her house late in Fair Haven Heights.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Police believe she is a runaway. She shut down her Facebook page before she disappeared. Her family suspects she might be with a Hispanic male in his early 20s named “Johnny.”