The View’s new crime segment “Missing Black Children” is serving it’s purpose of highlighting African American children who often disappear unnoticed. Last week, a missing New York City teen that was featured on the show was found just hours after the segment was broadcast.
On Friday, an anonymous viewer recognized 16-year-old Mishell DiAmonde Green who was profiled on the show and called in to the Black and Missing Foundation to report her location. The girl was later found at the Safe Horizon shelter for victims of violence in NYC that same day.
Mishell went missing on Sept. 8 when she was on her way to an after-school program in SoHo. According to her mother, Janell Johnson-Dash, “This was her first time going out alone where we weren’t going to pick her up, so I trusted her with a set of keys, because I trust her, and a 10 p.m. curfew. You’re 16, you can do this. She said, ‘Ma I promise I’ll be home on time.’ She gave my husband a hug and a kiss and we never saw her again,” she said on “The View.” The next morning she called the police to report her daughter missing.
“They told us, ‘Don’t worry about it, this type of stuff happens all the time with teenagers. We’re pretty sure she’ll show up.’ And my immediate response was, ‘You don’t know my baby. This is completely out of character. There’s no way in the world that she would just stay out.’”
Months went by with no leads as police classified Mishell as a runaway rather than a missing person. Thanks to “The View” the mother and daughter have been reunited.
“We thank all who lifted your hearts and voices in prayer, who posted reports, who told about her disappearance, who called us with suggestions, and who were there,” Green’s family said in a statement.”Thank you to ‘The View’ for providing a platform that gave Mishell’s story the media attention needed for her recovery.”
Mishell and her family are expected to appear on “The View” today to discuss her recovery and what happened when she went missing. But for the family, the most important thing is that “Mishell is safe and out of harm’s way.”
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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