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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Daphne Viola Webb
Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 1, 2012
Missing Date: July 10, 2013
Age Now: 1
Missing City: Oakland
Missing State: Calif.
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: John Anthony Webb, 49, father of missing 21-month-old Daphne Viola Webb, lives on Greenridge Drive. Webb said his daughter disappeared when he left her in his black Ford SUV with an elderly relative and went into Gazzali’s Supermarket at 78th and International Boulevard around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The case has been a messy one. Webb’s father was arrested for felony endangerment and released in the case and police have said that he remains a person of interest. Daphne’s mother also faced child endangerment charges before the girl went missing and custody was awarded to Daphne’s father.
Update: Recently, new information led to a new search for Daphne. In late August, authorities received tips that led them to Oakland’s Merritt College with dozens of volunteers and cadaver dogs. A helicopter was called in for an aerial survey of the area; a shovel and pick authorities thought might be involved in the toddler’s disappearance were found.
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Daphne’s family held out hope that she might still be alive but the search came up empty.
“On one hand, I’m relieved,” said Kevin Davis, Daphne’s grandfather, told ABC News. “But on the other hand you know, we’re still looking, still searching. We still want our baby back.”
That bit of disappointing news did not dim the community’s hope. Earlier this month, dozens of motorcyclists made a “love run” between Oakland and Vallejo in an effort to keep the spotlight on Daphne’s case.
“She’s still missing, and we’re still looking for her,” Roslyn Robinson, great-aunt to Daphne told the San Jose Mercury News.
There have also been walks and vigils in an effort to keep attention on the case.
A $20,000 reward for information is being offered in the case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Oakland Police Department’s missing persons unit at 510-238-3641 or the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line. Daphne’s family has also established a website to receive tips in the case.
“It really is devastating not to know, to be in limbo,” said Daphne’s mother Kiana Davis-Webb.