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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.


Cayla Bolton

Case Type: Disability, Endangered

DOB: July 14, 1997

Missing Date: Feb 24, 2012

Age Now: 14

Missing City: Cleveland

Missing State: Ohio

Case Number: 12-054533

Gender: Female

Race: Black

Complexion: Medium

Height: 5-2

Weight: 120

Hair Color: Black

Hair Length: Shoulder Length

Eye Color: Brown

Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Location Last Seen: 1581 Larchmont Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44110

Circumstances of Disappearance: Cayla struggles with bi-polar disorder and depression which contributes to her running behavior. According to her mother Tonae Bolton, Cayla was not taking her medications at the time of her disappearance.

Last Seen Wearing: Black/red peacoat, black vinyl sneakers with a white sole. Clothing unknown.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Ears are pierced, there is a scar under navel.

If you information regarding the whereabouts of Cayla Bolton, please pass it along to the Black and Missing Foundation’s tip line.

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