In the Fall I announced a criminal tragedy Here in the Chicago and Indiana area where I live most of the year: a young woman found murdered in a Gary, Indiana, motel room unearthed the whereabouts of many more missing black women the systems deprioritized. In all, seven black women were suspected to be murdered by a singular male who quickly stopped speaking to law enforcement, media and the courtrooms. Before he did, however, he confessed to six more murders and led police to the bodies of several of the women. None of the missing had received any media.
As that case pends, the number of black women and girls who go missing without a manhunt or trace continues. I can share my fictionalization of the predicament of deprioritized black women and girls as the story “There Were Six” in Per Contra: An International Journal of The Arts, Literature, and Ideas/cover art by Peter Groesbeck. The story details a Chicago man’s hauntings from his young daughter who went missing on the El train years before. I don’t presume to do justice to the realistic situation in a story, but please find some helpful links and resources below.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was established by Congress and remains the most powerful resource for anyone who has lost a child. They maintain a 24-hour hotline for callers who believe they have spotted a missing child. The number is 1-800-THE-LOST and their website is http://www.MissingKids.org.
The Black and Missing Foundation aims to provide a searchable and updateable database of African-Americans who are missing. Visit them here: http://www.blackandmissinginc.com/cdad/.
Black and Missing provides support and resources to the loved ones of missing African-Americans, as well as a rejuvenating online spotlights to decades-old cold cases and media lobbying meant to encourage more prompt attention to African-Americans. Visit them here: http://blackandmissing.org/.