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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.


Cary Alexander Lynch

Case Type: Disability

DOB: March 20, 1992

Missing Date: May 11, 2012

Age Now: 20

Missing City: Santa Barbara

Missing State: California

Case Number: 12-6668

Gender: Male

Race: Black

Complexion: Light

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 160

Hair Color: Brown

Hair Length: Short

Eye Color: Brown

Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Location Last Seen: Santa Barbara City College, 1900 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Lynch is a runaway child who has been troubled. He has special needs and is in crisis counseling.

According to Lynch’s mother, Wendy, her son has been spotted wandering by several neighbors. She also saw her son and tried to get him to come home, but he ran away. When police arrived, they could not locate him.

“He appeared in a state of shock, with a psychotic response, and is under acute distress,” Lynch told local new sites.

Wendy Lynch also fears that her son, a special needs student at Santa Barbara City College,  is dehydrated.

Santa Barbara Police say they are on the lookout for Lynch and may have already encountered him.

“After seeing the photo , some of our officers believe they have contacted him as recently as yesterday (Saturday) near Casa Esperanza,”said Sgt. Riley Harwood in May.

Lynch was acting strangely and appears to have forgotten his own name. Two months later, Lynch is still missing. His mother wants the community’s help in bringing her son to safety so that he can get immediate medical attention.

“I am asking for our whole community to come together and launch a search for Cary, who is usually very kind and loving,” Lynch said. “Please help by driving throughout the SBCC college area, Santa Barbara, and State Street to locate my son. When you are a parent of a special-needs child, you are a parent for life. With the community’s help, we can all bring Cary to safety,” wrote Wendy Lynch.

Last Seen Wearing: Gray shirt, blue jeans, black baseball cap.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Cary Alexander Lynch, please contact 911 or the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential  Tip Line.

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