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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Brittany Shante Robinson
Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 27, 1998
Missing Date: June 14, 2012
Age Now: 15
Missing City: Mobile
Missing State: Alabama
Case Number: NCMC1197561
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Police believe that Robinson was last seen at the home of her father, Demetric Hooper. Her father strongly denies any involvement in his daughter’s disappearance. Authorities have detained Hooper without bail since late last year on a charge of interfering with custody, according to Fox News 10.
Police recently conducted a search of an area behind Hooper’s home.
“We’ve consulted with some experts who’ve looked at the case file,” said Cpl. Chris Levy of the Mobile Police. “And basically, they’ve have looked at some past cases and said if there was anywhere you could find evidence looking at a map, it would be in this area. So that’s why the detectives are focusing on this area.”
After conducting a controlled burn of thick underbrush behind the home, cadeaver dogs got a hit.
“We’re thinking, ‘Yes, this is it! We have found her. We have found her.’ [I] got up immediately, made plans, got in the car to come out here, and then we’re halfway here when we got the call that it wasn’t her,” said Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich. “Although this is a disappointment, this is not going to stop our search for her, and we’re going to do whatever it takes.”
According to police, Hooper traveled to Arkansas after his daughter went missing. Police extradited him back to Mobile where he has not cooperated with authorities, they say.
There has been no activity on Robinson’s social media accounts since she went missing in June 2012.
Authorities in Mobile say the FBI is examining evidence in the case and that they will consult with experts at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to decide their next steps.
Those next steps do not include giving up, authorities say.
“We are not going to stop until we find this young lady,” said Rich. “It’s something that we have been very, very closely on for a number of months now and we’re just not going to stop until we find her.”
“Somebody knows where she’s at,” said Levy. “They need to call us. They need to give us the information so that we can give the family some closure or reunite them with their family. It’s important, and it needs to happen.”
Last Seen Wearing: Unknown.
Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.
If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Brittany Robinson, please contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.