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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.

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Carl Butler, Jr.

Case Type: Endangered

Date of Birth: August 20, 1948

Missing Date: February 1, 2005

Age Now: 63

Missing City: Rocky Mount

Missing State: North Carolina

Case Number: 2005-001246

Gender: Male

Race: Black

Complexion: Light

Height: 5’6″

Weight: 165

Hair Color: Bald

Hair Length: Shaved

Eye Color: Brown

Wear Glasses or Contacts: Yes

Location Last Seen: Carl was last seen between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. at his residence in the vicinity of the 700 block of Marlee Dr. in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Butler’s wife last saw him watching television at 2 a.m., the morning of his disappearance. At 6 a.m., she found the back door open and Butler missing. He has a medical condition.

Last Seen Wearing: Striped shirt, dark blue jeans, white athletic shoes, brown light coat, and a patch on his right eye.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Tattoo of the name “Carl” on left arm and scars on his head, abdomen, and right side of neck.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Carl Butler, Jr. can contact the Rocky Mount Police Department at (252) 972-1411 or Crime Stoppers at (252) 977-1111. Also, tips can be sent to the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential tip line.