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. “Find Our Missing” airs on TV One on Wednesdays.
Athena Joy Curry
Case Type: Endangered, Involuntary
DOB: Nov. 2, 1990
Missing Date: May 27, 2011
Age Now: 21
Missing City: Atlanta
Missing State: GA
Case Number: 111521604-0
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: 1485 Beecher St, SW Atlanta 30310. Cross Street: Cascade Rd.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Curry was last with her boyfriend and the father of her 21-month-old son. Curry’s boyfriend said she stormed off at 3 a.m. after an argument, leaving her son behind. Curry has not been heard from since. At the time of her disappearance, Curry’s sister said it was unlikely that she would walk off and leave her child behind.
“She would never leave her son. This is her pride and joy.” Aisha Magee told CBS News in Atlanta. “She has never left him ever.”
Magee said her sister was the youngest of five and adored by her family. She had a lot to live for.
“She had her special ways. She was the baby of five. We spoiled her,” said Magee.
Last Seen Wearing: Shorts and tank top
Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Nose ring, horn style. Lip ring. Multiple tattoos: inside wrist; “Rockie” with a rose intertwined. Symbolic tattoo on hand. Many other tattoos on shoulder, arm, and back “John 3:16.”
If you have information about the whereabouts of Athena Joy Curry, please contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s tip line or Atlanta police.