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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.


Denika Lashalle Jones missingDenika Lashalle Jones

Case Type: Endangered
DOB: January 1, 1986
Missing Date: May 15, 2012
Age Now: 26
Missing City: Fayetteville
Missing State: North Carolina
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 155

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Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Location Last Seen: 1722 Gardenia Ave.

Circumstances of Disappearance: According to Fayetville police, Jones has not been seen since her boyfriend Tommy Loren Webb was found shot dead. WRAL.com reports that Jones “may be in danger,” according to police.

Jones lived with Webb at 1722 Gardenia Ave. The day after Webb was found dead, someone deliberately set fire to a couch inside the house. Police are unsure if the fire is related to Jones’ death.

Police say it is unclear if Jones is a suspect, according to WRAL.com. Their goal now is to find her to make sure she is safe.

Last Seen Wearing: Unknown.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Has a mole on her left cheek.

Anyone with information about Jones’ whereabouts can call Fayetville Police  910-433-1421 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. They can also contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.

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