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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Sanise Diamonique Hall
Hall, a 14-year-old from Suffolk, Va. who may have been lured from her home by a man saying that he was a model talent agent, was found safe Thursday in Wisconsin, Diana Klink, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Police, told NewsOne.
“No further information is available at this time as the Suffolk Police Department is working with the FBI,” said Klink.
A call to the FBI’s Wisconsin office was not immediately returned.
It’s unclear if Hall’s mother’s belief about her being lured away by someone posing as a model talent scout was correct. However, Hall’s mother, Denise Allen, made the discovery that her daughter had been communicating with this individual weeks before her disappearance.
Allen then limited her daughter’s use of social media and warned her about the dangers of speaking with strangers.
“I’m not really sure what enticed her, what was said or what was promised to get her to leave, because it’s not like her,” Allen told 10WAVY.com.
Hall went missing on on Aug. 16, leaving her mother a note hinting that she would be in Florida.
“In a note Sanise left her mother the morning she disappeared, she alluded to the fact that if she needed to be contacted, you could look for her in Florida, but she never actually stated that she was going to Florida,” Suffolk Police said in a statement after Hall’s disappearance.
Police reviewed multiple social media accounts related to Hall and contacted her friends and followers on those sites. They received numerous tips regarding Hall’s whereabouts, placing her in Virginia and North Carolina, not hundreds of miles away in Wisconsin. It’s unknown how the teen wound up there.
Derrica Wilson, a co-founder, president and CEO of the Black and Missing Foundation told NewsOne that Hall’s discovery will give hundreds of families with missing loved ones hope.
“We encourage families to always hold on to hope that their missing loved one will be located and returned home,” said Wilson. “We thank everyone who assisted in the search for Sanise.”
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