Tamika Huston vanished in 2004, one year before Natalee Holloway. Both women disappeared under mysterious circumstances: Holloway, 18, during a high school graduation trip to Aruba; Huston, 24, from her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Natalie Wilson and Derrica Wilson, founders of the Black and Missing Foundation Inc., are sisters-in-law. The pair co-founded the organization to help minority families who are searching for loved ones, a segment of the community that is often omitted from milk cartons, billboards and news headlines.
When Natalie Holloway went missing in 2005, most Americans couldn't turn on the television without hearing about the Alabama teen's disappearance.
While Blacks only make up 13 percent of the country's population, they make up more than 33 percent of those reported missing in the FBI's database. Given the limited coverage that Black missing persons cases receive, though, one wouldn't think that was the case.
In May 2004 Tamika Huston, a 24-year-old African-American woman, vanished from her Spartanburg, S.C., apartment. Though her family sent e-mails, put up flyers and called newspapers and TV stations-the national media skipped the story.
One spring day in 2004 a young African-American woman named Tamika Huston vanished from her Spartanburg, S.C., apartment.
In May 2005 Tamika Huston, a 24-year-old waitress from Spartanburg, S.C., went missing. Her family and friends frantically scoured the neighborhood where she had last been seen, handing out posters and leaflets and pleading with local media for coverage.
A new show on TV One puts a spotlight on missing people of color. The network, which caters to an African-American audience, hopes Find Our Missing "will put names and faces to people of color — young and old — who have disappeared without a trace," according to the website.
What began as a simple website featuring profiles of missing persons has become a calling for the two DC-area mothers, who work tirelessly to locate some of the 200,000 plus people of color who vanish each year.
Every day 2,300 people are reported missing in this country. Forty percent of the missing persons population is comprised of people of color. The Black & Missing Foundation, founded in 2008 works to help solve cold cases and related incidents of persons of color who are missing.