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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 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.


1921AWendy Fougy

Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 1, 1971
Missing Date: August 7, 2014
Age Now: 43
Missing City: Fairfax
Missing State: Virginia
Case Number: 14-07-023677
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 5’5″
Weight: 135
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Location Last Seen: Fougy is a civil engineer who was in the process of relocating from Philadelphia to her new job in Fairfax, according to her family. Fougy called in to work to say that she was going to be late the morning of Aug. 7th but never arrived. Fougy’s brother Al Fougy said his mother last spoke with his sister on Aug. 7th. The family received a call from Wendy Fougy’s job on Aug. 14th, stating that she had failed to show up for work the last several days.

Al Fougy said that because his sister worked in a demanding job, it was not unusual for her to go a week or so without speaking to family. However, the family says Wendy has never disappeared in the past and it is highly unusual for her to miss work.

“She’s an incredible person, just very giving,” Al Fougy, who lives in New Jersey, told NewsOne about his sister who speaks multiple languages, such as French, Spanish, and German. He described his sister as an incredibly intelligent person who enjoys learning. In addition to being an engineer, mathematics and traveling are her favorite hobbies.

Al Fougy said that his sister’s love of learning has had a positive influence on his son who is now studying psychology.

Al Fougy made a touching plea for help in finding his sister in the below YouTube video:

Because his sister is still considered a Philadelphia resident, Fougy said police there are investigating the case but have yet to develop any leads. Philadelphia police are also cooperating with police in Virginia.

Wendy’s disappearance has been difficult for the family.

“It’s taxing. I haven’t slept for three days and my mother hasn’t either, but we are strong people with strong resolve,” said Al Fougy. “We are thinking about this in the positive. We know in our hearts that she is alive.”

Circumstances of Disappearance: Wendy’s vehicle, a brick red 2012 Hyundai Sonata with Pennsylvania registration, is also missing.

Last Seen Wearing: Unknown.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts or circumstances of disappearance of Wendy Fougy should contact their local authorities or the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.

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