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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 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.


Keisha S. Hamilton

Case Type: Endangered

DOB: Jan. 1, 1979

Missing Date: Jan. 9, 2015

Age Now: 36

Missing City: Smyrna

Missing State: Delaware

Gender: Female

Race: Black

Complexion: Light

Height: 5’6″

Weight: 145

Hair Color: Black

Hair Length: Medium

Eye Color: Brown

Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Location Last Seen: About 10 p.m. at home in the Twin Willows development near Smyrna.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Keisha S. Hamilton remains unaccounted for even after police arrested the Father of Hamilton’s two children, Cortez Hamilton Sr., (pictured at right below) in Indiana on Delaware warrants for endangering the welfare of a child and assault with serious bodily injury.

An Amber alert was issued for Hamilton and her 4-year-old daughter and infant son on Saturday after all three went missing. Police suspected that Cortez Hamilton, 32, was likely headed to St. Louis where he has family.

Indiana State Troopers pulled Cortez Hamilton’s vehicle over on Saturday evening and the children (pictured at left) were found unharmed in the car.

But there has been no sign of Keisha Hamilton.

Delaware State Troopers have issued a Gold Alert for Keisha Hamilton.

“We are continuing the search for the missing person with the Gold Alert still in effect,” Sgt. Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police told NewsOne in an interview.

Police say they found “suspicious circumstances” at the couple’s home, ABC News reports. Bags of evidence were removed from the location.

Authorities are not releasing many details about the case. They have not explained who Cortez Hamilton is accused of assaulting and have not said much about Keisha Hamilton’s status except to say there is a “real concern for her safety and welfare,” the News Journal reports.

Bratz said he was unable to answer outstanding questions about the case because he did not want to damage the investigation.

“This is an ongoing and active investigation,” said Bratz.

Delaware State Police say Hamilton has waived his extradition hearing and will be returned to Delaware to face charges. The children were placed in the custody of child protective services authorities in Indiana.

Last Seen Wearing: Unknown.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts or circumstances of disappearance for  Keisha S. Hamilton may contact Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or You may also contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.


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