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Police in Christianburg, Virginia, as well as members of the community, are trying to locate 16-year-old Aysia Monique Lewis. Not only is Aysia missing, police have confirmed that Lewis communicated with her suspected abductor online before she disappeared.
Aysia was last seen at Christianburg High School on Monday afternoon around 2:45 pm. Authorities believe she left school and went with Donald “Bruce” Quesenberry and the two are headed toward Florida.
Aysia, who is 5-foot-3 and approximately 160 pounds, was last seen wearing light blue jeans, a black fleece jacket, a navy shirt and brown moccasins.
The Roanoke Times reported that Quesenberry, 33, was seen driving a 2002 gold Nissan Altima with Illinois license plate V975074.
Authorities have confirmed that Quesenberry and Aysia chatted online but are unsure if that is where their relationship first began.
According to Tennessee court records, Quesenberry was charged with two counts of sexual battery and one count of raping a child in 2004.
He was later acquitted and his record expunged.
Police believe Aysia willingly ran away with Quesenberry after he traveled from his home in Normal, Illinois to meet her in Virginia.
The State Police issued an endangered child media alert on Wednesday stating that Aysia might be in danger of sexual exploitation. Though no one has heard from either Quesenberry or Aysia, an Amber Alert has not been issued.
Authorities said Aysia is qualified as an endangered missing person because of her age and the circumstances of her disappearance.
Quesenberry is currently charged with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Aysia’s parents, Brandon Lewis and Teneara Dial, released this statement to the Christianburg police.
“Aysia, we love you!! We are worried about you! We need to know that you are ok! Please come home. Call us, text us, Facebook us. Get in touch with us however you can. We will come get you no matter what, no matter where, whatever time, it doesn’t matter. Unique and Eric miss you. Unique wants to know where you are and when you are coming home.”
They also pleaded with Quesenberry to drop Aysia off somewhere safe.
In a news conference on Wednesday, Aysia’s father asked her classmates to come forward if they have any information about her disappearance. And he added:
“Even if you don’t know anything, prayer is a strong thing, we need that.”
If you or someone you know has information about Aysia or her disappearance, you can contact the Christiansburg Police Department at 540-382-3131 or the Virginia State Police at 800-822-4453 (1-800-VA-CHILD)
Monday’s Madame is a new column on MadameNoire that highlights inspirational women who are doing great things in black communities around the world. If you would like to submit an inspirational woman for consideration, please send her name, age, location, photo, and a blurb about the work she’s doing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday’s Madame(s): Derrica Wilson And Natalie Wilson
Why they inspire us: Derrica Wilson and her sister-in-law, Natalie Wilson, are the founders of Black and Missing Foundation Inc. (BAMFI). BAMFI is an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to missing persons of color, providing vital resources and tools to missing person’s families and friends, and educating the community on personal safety.
Frustrated with the lack of concern for missing black girls such as Tamika Huston, a 24-year-old who vanished from her Spartanburg, SC, apartment in 2004, particularly against the backdrop of the media’s coverage of missing white girls like Natalee Holloway, Derrica and Natalie founded the Black and Missing Foundation in 2008. The goal of BAMFI is to serve as advocates for missing people of color, believing that awareness is key in finding our missing and providing much needed closure for their families.
On a daily basis, Derrica and Natalie receive calls from families across the nation asking for help in finding their missing loved ones. The pair works diligently on their behalf, interfacing with law enforcement agencies across the country, the FBI, national media outlets and the families of those missing to help close the attention gap. Since the Black and Missing Foundation’s inception, Derrica and Natalie have helped locate or provide closure to the families of more than 125 missing people.
Follow them: @BAM_FI
Usually, when we do a “black and missing” story, it doesn’t have a happy ending. Families and communities live without knowing the whereabouts of their loved ones for years on end. But fortunately, in this case, the story ends quite nicely.
4 year old Amieya Renee Stewart went missing during a family gathering in California. Police and relatives searched for the girl in the home and the surrounding neighborhood until midnight. They stopped at midnight because that’s when the little girl was found sleeping underneath her grandmother’s bed.
The girl had gone undetected by both family, police and police dogs because she had surrounded hereof with other items.
When Amieya’s mother, Christina Nance, spoke to the NBC Bay Area cameras she had this to say:
“I just want to tell everybody thank you. She means a lot to me. I’m sorry that she was in here. I feel like we looked for her really, really good and they had the dogs come in and everything. I’m sorry to put everybody through this, but I’m so happy she’s ok and that nothing bad happened to her.”
As Nance was interviewed, Amieya buried her bead in the crook of her mother’s neck. Later, camera crews recorded the reaction of Amieya’s family members learning that she had been found.
Amieya’s grandmother said knowing her granddaughter, she suspected that she was playing hide and seek all along. The police told her that they doubted that she’d be able to hide that long.
They were wrong but we’re certainly glad they devoted their full attention to help find this little one.
This whole story reminds me of what my sister, friends and I used to do when we weren’t ready to leave somebody’s house. We knew not to take it this far though. While Amieya just might have a promising career in espionage, we’re certainly hoping her mother takes this time to let her know the importance of coming when you’re called, even if you’ve found the best hiding place in the house.
Watch the family react to news that their family member had been found in the video on the next page.
Terrilynn Monette, the talented New Orleans school teacher who was credited with improving her underperforming elementary school, has been missing for almost two weeks.
Monette, the 26 year old originally from California, was last seen on Saturday, March 2 when she was out with friends celebrating being nominated for “Teacher of the Year” for her district. Apparently, Monette was feeling like she’d had too much to drink and told her friends she was going to go sleep it off in her car parked nearby.
At around 4 am her friends saw that Monette was talking to a man near her car. By sunrise both she and her 2012 black Honda Accord were missing and her cell phone had stopped emitting a signal.
The man she was seen speaking with has been interviewed and the police have ruled him out as a suspect.
Unlike many of the other missing, black men and women, Monette’s story seems to be receiving a lot of media coverage.
More than 200 people, including members of Terrilyn’s family, her coworkers and volunteers have been searching for Monette along with the police.
Before some of you attempt to blame Monette’s disappearance on her “irresponsibility,” know that this could happen to any woman, whether she’d been drinking or not.
Recently, CNN aired a piece about Terrilyn.
If you have any information about Terrilyn Monette, please let someone know.
From Black Voices
The body of 10-year-old Jade Morris was found in a Nevada desert on Thursday, according to family members.
The discovery was made by a man walking his dog near an unfinished housing development in the northern stretches of the Las Vegas Valley, Las Vegas Metro Police said.
Family members told the Black and Missing Foundation that they visually identified the remains for police, who have not yet released a statement positively identifying the body.
Read the statement from the family and the rest of the story surrounding Jade’s disappearance and subsequent death at Black Voices.com
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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When white women go missing, it’s a cause for national concern. The nation learns their names and vital information about their lives before they disappeared.
When a black woman goes missing, usually the local news covers the story.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for thirty-five-year-old Shandell McLeod of Georgia. McLeod had been missing for five months before the media started covering her absence.
Find out what information they do have on McLeod and what her family has to say about the lack of media coverage at theGrio.com.
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