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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Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 1, 1974
Missing Date: Apr 12, 2012
Age Now: 39
Missing City: New Orleans
Missing State: Louisiana
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: In the 2200 block of Ursulines Ave.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Landry was riding a green Huffy mountain bike ride when she went missing. Friends say Landry was in recovery from drug addiction but had transformed her life. She owned a boutique and had become a minister.
“She’s a success story,” friend Pastor Andrew Van told WWLTV. “She went back to school, she got a GED, she opened up a business, she’s in college right now at Delgado Community College.”
The website for her boutique described herself as “a woman of style and class.” The day she went missing, Landry was bike riding with friend Gary Studivant. Landry stopped to speak with a person from the church ministry when Studivant told her he was too tired to continue on. Landry reportedly said she would continue to the park by herself.
“She was stressing, but she was feeling good,” Studivant told the station. “She said, ‘I just want just ride down there and clear my head.’ I guess think things over, you know.”
Friends think she would have tried to access money in her account or her possessions if she had suffered a relapse.
Almost a year later, there’s still no trace of Landry.
“I’m trying not to think foul play, suicide, or homicide, but there’s something that’s wrong here,” Van said.
Last Seen Wearing: A white T-shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers.
Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.
If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Kamanthe Landry, please contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line or CrimeStppers at 1-877-903-STOP.