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.
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Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 1, 1966
Missing Date: March 10, 2013
Age Now: 47
Missing City: Detroit
Missing State: Michigan
Hair Color: Brown
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: Evelyn Gunter was last seen at her residence by her grandson at approximately 6 p.m.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Gunter had just come home from running errands and was dressed to go out.
She left the home and never returned.
Gunter’s adult children say she would never leave for a significant period of time without informing her family. In addition, Gunter had recently welcomed a new grandchild who was just 4 days old at the time of her disappearance.
Adding further to the family’s concerns is that Gunter’s bank account was flush with cash after receiving a 401K deposit and paycheck from General Motors. And then Gunter’s daughter received an odd text from her mother a couple of days later. According to the text, Gunter told her family she was visiting friends in Chicago.
“I know that wasn’t her texting me. Things weren’t spelled right and she doesn’t have any friends in Chicago,” Gunter’s daughter told WXYZ.com News.
Gunter’s car was found outside of a Detroit bar called “Club Celebrity.” There are also unconfirmed reports that a credit card was found near Gunter’s car. Money may have also been taken from Gunter’s account.
The Gunter family believes something terrible may have happened to their matriarch because she was a reliable and steady employee at GM and close with her children and grandchildren.
The family is pleading for the public to provide any detail they can think might help in the case.
Last Seen Wearing: Unknown.
Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Scar by right eye; C-section scar.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Evelyn Gunter should call Detroit Police at (313) 267-4600 or contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.