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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. “Find Our Missing” debuts on Wednesday, January 18.


Name: Phoenix Coldon

Case Type: Endangered

DOB: May 23, 1988

Missing Date: Dec 18, 2011

Age Now: 23

Missing City: St. Louis

Missing State: Missouri

Case Number: 11-76537

Gender: Female

Race: Black

Complexion: Medium

Height: 5-6

Weight: 125

Hair Color: Brown

Hair Length: Shoulder Length

Eye Color: Brown

Wear Glasses or Contacts: Yes

Location Last Seen: Phoenix was last seen leaving out of her driveway in her vehicle, a 1998 4-door Chevrolet Blazer with tinted windows. Her Missouri License Plate  is KE2S6V.

Circumstances Of Disappearance: On the day she went missing, Coldon’s car was found at the intersection of 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue in East St. Louis. The car’s engine was running.

Last Seen Wearing: Gray sweatpants (“UMSL” or “Linderwood” printed vertically down one pant leg), a dark hoodie (black or blue), and tennis shoes.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Pierced ears.

Do you have information about the whereabouts of Phoenix Coldon? Click here to submit information to the Black and Missing Foundation’s tip line.