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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.


Chelsea Ramsey-Jones

Case Type: Endangered

Date of Birth: January 1, 1999

Missing Date: January 14, 2013

Age Now: 14

Missing City: Philadelphia

Missing State: Pennsylvania

Gender: Female

Race: Black

Complexion: Medium

Height: 5’6″

Weight: 120

Hair Color: Brown

Hair Length: Medium

Eye Color: Brown

Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Location Last Seen: Chelsea failed to return home from Barry Elementary School in West Philadelphia.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Chelsea is autistic and cognitively impaired. She was listed as a runaway in 2011, but authorities consider this an endangered missing persons case.

Last Seen Wearing: A brown jacket with a fur collar, a red shirt, a black skirt, and black tights.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Chelsea Ramsey-Jones, call the Philadelphia Police Department at (215) 686-3183 or contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.

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