A number of pictures, tweets and posts are showing growing concern for the missing African American teens from Washington and across the nation. Although, teenagers being reported missing and later being found is not unusual. There has been a greater concern because at least 10 African American girls went missing in one week this month, according to WPGC. Moreover, since March 23, “over a dozen District teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 18, are missing,” reported NBC Washington.
Police have said the number of missing teens does not represent an unusual trend. Acting Police Chief Peter Newsham said:
“the year-over-year number of missing persons, including juveniles, has held steady, and that there is no known link in D.C. now between missing people and human trafficking.”
On 16th of March The mayor, Muriel Bowser reinstated this point
“The number of missing person reports has remained constant…what has changed is getting that information out quickly. There is no evidence to suggest there has been an increase in missing persons.”
Chanel Dickerson, a commander of the division in charge of investigating the missing teens, said
“Let me first reassure you. We have no indication to believe that young girls in the district are being preyed upon by human traffickers in large numbers.”
Chanel Dickerson explained that, there were only 34 open missing cases out of 708 missing persons reported in 2017.
“We have no reason to believe the 34 missing cases are related,” she said, and all don’t involve juveniles.”
It does appear that technology and fast flow of information on the internet may have made the missing reports look more related than they are. However, public outcry and social media concern for these missing juveniles will hopefully make it easier to determine their whereabouts and get them back home safely.
MAP: Locations Where Missing DC Teens Were Last Seen https://t.co/v3kAfqHRWx
— Sheayona (@thaMrz10_86) March 24, 2017
The Heavy.com as compiled a detailed report of the missing. Here are some of the details they found:
hani Burriss, 17, who was last seen in the 2600 block of Stanton Road, Southeast, on March 21, 2017. Shani is described as a black male, with a medium-complexion, 5’6” tall, 130 pounds, brown eyes and black hair. Shani was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, a grey and burgundy jacket and white shoes.
Rayquon Blakeney, 19, who was last seen on Friday, March 17, 2017, in the 1400 of Howard Road, Southeast. He was reported missing on March 20, 2017. Blakeney is described as a black male, with a medium brown complexion, 5’ in height, 125 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, a black jacket, and blue jeans.
Jaylen Lee, 14, who was last seen Saturday, March 18, 2017, in the 1000 Block of Maryland Avenue, Northeast. Lee is described as a black male, medium brown complexioned, 5’7” in height, 140 pounds, with brown eyes, and black hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt and black shoes.
Makel Barnes, 15, who was last seen in the Unit Block of Galveston Street, Southwest, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.Barnes is described as a black male, dark-complexioned, 5’10” in height, 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, a burgundy jacket with a grey hood, dark blue jeans and black sneakers.
Dashann Wallace, 15, who was last seen in the 200 block of I Street, SE, on Monday, March 8, 2017. Dashann is described as a black female, 5’1” tall, 140 pounds, medium complexioned, with hair black in color and brown eyes. Her clothing description is unknown .
Zyaire Flemmings, 15, who was last seen between, Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 2 pm and Friday, February 24, 2017, at 1:32pm, in the 4200 block of 4th Street, SE. Flemmings is described as a black male, medium complexion, 5’9” in height, 160 pounds, brown eyes, and black hair. He was last seen wearing a blue/white jacket, blue jeans and grey New Balance sneakers.
Navaras Lorenzo Johnson, 14, who was last seen in the Unit Block of Galveston Street, SW, on Monday, February 27, 2017. The incident was report on March 1, 2017. Navaras is described as a black male, light complexion, 5’6” in height, 175 pounds, with brown eyes, and black hair. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, a black jacket, blue jeans, and black sneakers.
Vaneisha Weaver, 18, who was last seen in the 1400 Block of Columbia Road, NW, on Thursday, February 16, 2017. She was reported missing on February 21, 2017. Weaver is described as a black female, medium-complexioned, 5’7” tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a red jacket and blue jean pants.
Demetria Carthens, 17, who was last seen on Tuesday February 7, 2017, in the 200 block of I Street, Southeast. Carthens, is described as a black female, medium complexioned, 5’5” in height, 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a thin blue coat, black jeans and black boots.
Faith Nelson, 16, who was last seen on Friday January 13, 2017, Faith left her residence at 7:00 am, in the 3500 block of Minnesota Avenue, SE. Faith Nelson was reported missing on Monday, January 30, 2017. Nelson, is described as a black female, medium complexion, 5’2” in height, 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Her clothing description is unknown.
Clayton Carter, 17, who was last seen in the 200 Block of I Street, Southeast, on Saturday, January 11, 2017. Carter is described as a black male, 6’1” tall, 173-175 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair, and a medium complexion. He was last seen wearing unknown clothing.
- The critical missing person identified as 15-year-old Jacqueline Lassey has been located in good health.
- The critical missing person identified as 16-year-old Talisha Coles has been located in good health.
- The critical missing person identified as 16-year-old Unique Lucas has been located in good health.
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