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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.


Leon Davenport Black and MissingLeon Davenport

Case Type: Endangered
DOB: August 9, 1971
Missing Date: February 19, 2009
Age Now: 40
Missing City: Washington
Missing State: District of Columbia
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 170
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Location Last Seen: Leon was last seen in the 47th hundred block of Jay Street in the N.E. D.C. area and was driving a 2008 Mazda 5 silver truck. His Maryland license plate number is MWZ-183.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Leon left behind a son whom he saw on a daily basis and a daughter who was born the day after he disappeared. Friends and family say that although Davenport was reserved, it is unlikely that he would leave without telling anyone of his whereabouts.

Last Seen Wearing: A black T-shirt with orange letters, dark blue jeans, and sky blue Nike boots.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Tattoos on one arm and both hands.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Leon Davenport, please contact (202) 727-9099 or the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.


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