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Missing 7-Year-Old With Autism Found Dead Near D.C. Home

July 10th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Police have found the body of Michael Kingsbury, a 7-year-old with autism who went missing near his D.C. home on Sunday morning.

My Fox DC has details:

Police say he was found inside a locked car behind a short fence on private property just two apartment buildings down from where he lived.D.C. police and dozens of recruits went going door-to-door in the Trinidad neighborhood where Kingsbury was last seen around 9 a.m. Sunday.

Michael’s mother, Katrina Kingsbury, thanked the community Monday night for coming out to help with the search.

Many who helped look for the little boy just can’t imagine how they missed him.

“We were there four times,” said Gaston McVea, who was one of the dozens of people who helped search for Kingsbury after he disappeared. “That was our central location and somehow we missed this.”

Questions — about how Kingsbury died and how police and neighbors missed him during their search, among others — remain; Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a briefing that answers are being sought, reports the Washington Post:

The owner of the car was not immediately identified. A police source said that investigators were talking with the owner.Newsham said it was not clear when the boy had entered the car, and he declined to say where in the vehicle the boy had been found. However, two police sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing said the body was on the floor of a locked sedan.

Newsham said police were assessing their search, trying to determine whether they had previously looked into the vehicle. Two police sources said that at least one officer had searched the sedan on Sunday. Newsham declined to confirm that account but said that police were looking into it.

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Heartbreaking News: The Search For New Orleans Teacher Terrilynn Monette Is Over

June 9th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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The search for a missing New Orleans schoolteacher appears to have come to an end.

A car matching the make and license plate of Terrilynn Monette’s car was pulled from Bayou St. John on Saturday around 3:25p.  A body was found in the car and state representative Austin Badon said they believed it to be Monette’s, according to

Monette had been missing since March 2nd after a night of hanging out with friends at a bar.  Hundreds of search parties continued to gather to search high and low for any signs of Monette. The bayou itself, according to a family friend, had been searched three times with divers finding no results.

However, a police officer from Slidell, LA offered to dive in again on Saturday around noon just to check again. The car was pulled up around 3:25pm.

Monette was originally from California and her family made frequent trips to New Orleans to help with the search, and what they hoped would be the safe recovery, of Monette.  Her mother, Toni Enclade, was obviously sad but also confused when reporters were able to talk to her:

“I don’t understand why it took them so long to find her car,” Enclade said between tears. “This is supposedly one of the first places they would have checked. I’m just overwhelmed. It doesn’t make sense.”

The investigation is still open as toxicology reports will be performed to find out if any foul play was involved.

Out thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Are You Reminiscing Over Something You Never Really Had?

March 31st, 2013 - By madamenoire
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From Essence

When I was younger, I used to hate when the grown folks would reminisce about the “good ole’ days.” Now that I’m older, I catch myself doing the same far more often than I would like to admit. It’s natural to have fond memories of times gone by, except when it comes to past dysfunctional relationships.

Recently, one of my sister-friends asked to stop by my house unexpectedly. I could tell from the tone in her voice that she needed to talk. Upon her arrival, she told me that she’d just picked up the last of her belongings from her old home where her ex-boyfriend still lives. She was feeling a sense of melancholy and missing the relationship, which is understandable after a final act like that one.

“Reminisce from a distance,” I cautioned. True, she’s been single for about two years. (Yes, it took her two years to get the rest of her stuff). And, it is so easy to get caught up in what was when you’re single.  Believe me, I have done the same thing.  But, what you can’t do is romanticize a situation that was a bad one in reality a bad one. There was a reason why you broke up and you should always keep that in mind when your spirit starts floating backward in time.


Have You Seen Her? New Orleans School Teacher, Terrilyn Monette Still Missing After 2 Weeks

March 15th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

Tragedy: Missing Girl, Jade Morris Found Dead After Casino Stabbing

December 28th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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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.

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Extra Suspect: Katherine Jackson Missing/Resting In Arizona?

July 23rd, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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There was a lot of odd news reported over the weekend, but this had to be one of the most suspicious stories on the Internet given the Jackson family’s fighting over Michael’s estate and even Paris’ upcoming movie roles.

Late Saturday night, Katherine Jackson’s nephew Trent reported her missing to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office saying none of her grandchildren had been able to get in touch with her for over a week. Fourteen-year-old Paris, Michael’s daughter, made the news even more public when she tweeted on Sunday morning:

“yes, my grandmother is missing. i haven’t spoken with her in a week i want her home now.”

The public’s gears started grinding immediately thinking one of Katherine’s sons might have potentially done something to her since it’s been reported that Michael left all of his money to his mother, as well as placed his children in her care. But then Jermaine sent out his own Twitter message about his mother, insisting that she wasn’t missing, but resting in Arizona. He wrote:

Let me put to bed today’s nonsense: as I made clear some days ago, Mother is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor’s advice, so it is beyond me how she can be reported “missing”

This incredulous claim was made for reasons best known to the adult/s who filed it but it seems no accident that it comes after we, the sons and daughters, put in place care-taking for our own mother, taking her to Arizona in line with doctor’s advice following a check-up.

Furthermore, it dismays me that such an alarmist “missing person” report has caused unnecessary anxiety among Michael’s children who will understandably react to what they misunderstand, hear or are told.

No-one is being “blocked” from speaking with Mother. She is merely an 82-year-old woman following doctor’s orders to rest-up and de-stress, away from  phones and computers. Everyone has been well aware of this within the family,  but I would like to reiterate my reassurance to the outside world that Mother is  fine. In the meantime, thank you for all your thoughts and concerns.

Before Jermaine’s assurance that his mother was safe and her whereabouts known, lawyer Sandra L. Ribera of the Ribera law firm that filed the missing report, insisted they had good reason to be concerned.

“The kids were trying to get a hold of their grandmother and they haven’t been able to reach her for almost a week,” Ribera told Reuters in an email. “They are told she’s unavailable. I’m concerned that she’s not safe.”

After Jermaine’s statement came out, she commented further:

“Concerned family members, particularly Michael’s children, have since made ongoing pleas to those believed to have knowledge of (Katherine’s) location for information regarding her whereabouts. The only reports provided have been both conflicting and confusing – especially those pertaining to the status of Katherine Jackson’s health.”

Adding more confusion, or perhaps support, to Jermaine’s statement was this tweet from Paris, backtracking on her initial missing claim:

“I am going to clarify right now that what has been said about my grandmother is a rumor and nothing has happened, she is completely fine.”

According to Reuters, Paris also apologized to her uncles online, but all tweets have since been deleted. I don’t think anyone will be sure of Katherine’s state until she makes an appearance or statement herself. TMZ claims LA law enforcement officials informed them they spoke with Katherine and she is alright; therefore, they are now turning their attention on her nephew Trent to see why he had the report filed in the first place. Something still seems off though. What do you think?

Brande Victorian is the news and operations editor for Follow her on twitter @Be_Vic.

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You Want What Now? 7 Subtle Signs From Women That Men Often Miss

May 15th, 2012 - By jaebi
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Men don’t do so well with subtleties. They work better on cold hard facts, viewing these as the best tools to make decisions, so they often miss subtle cues, clues and signs about what women want or feel at any given time.

You put it down, but he doesn’t pick it. Not because he’s being difficult, but because you’re not being straightforward enough for a man’s rather obtuse communication skills. At times, this may make him seem distant or disinterested, when really he has no clue what you’re getting at.

Here’s a run down at the types of subtleties and messages men often miss:


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The “I need affection” signs

Women are always asking their men for emotional presence, something viewed entirely different from physical presence in her eyes. But a man’s typical response to this is “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t care,” so he’s not even tuned in to subtle cues you try to send that are supposed to say that you need more affection.

Man Suspected in Disappearance of His Wife Kills Sons in Murder-Suicide

February 6th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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If you hadn’t heard the story yet, this is how it goes:

Susan Powell is a woman from Utah who went missing in December of 2009. A stock broker, she was reported missing by family members after she failed to show up for work, but not only was she reported missing, so was her husband Josh and her two sons, Braden and Charles. To the surprise of everyone though, her husband Josh and their two children finally came home immediately after the report was filed, and he insisted that he had taken his two young sons on a camping trip, which is why had been out of touch. However, Josh insisted that Susan was left at home and the last time he saw her or talked to her, she was fine. Susan’s belongings, including her keys, her purse, her car and more, were left behind. That was 2009. It is 2012 and no one has seen Susan since she went missing. But since that time, Josh has been the person of interest in her disappearance. Because of that, along with proof that he had child pornography in his possession, temporary custody of his two sons was granted to Susan’s father, Chuck. Joshua was still allowed to see the young boys though, and the last time they were brought to his home was on Sunday, Feb. 5.

On that Sunday, Josh and his two sons were killed when his home in Washington State exploded. It is presumed that the explosion was set off by a gas leak done by Josh, and is now being treated as a murder-suicide. Police believe he may have done it not only because his most recent effort to gain back custody of his sons was denied, but also because 7-year-old Braden (Charles is five) started saying that when they went on that camping trip in 2009, their mother was in the trunk of the car. Josh could have possibly believed that his lies were going to be exposed, and in an effort to stop all that, took his life as well as that of his sons.

In an interview with PEOPLE, Susan’s father, Chuck, said that the family saw this coming and tried to let the authorities know:

“We stated our fear many times, that if he was feeling desperate, that he would possibly kill himself and the boys, that this kind of thing could happen. If he felt there was no way out, that he wouldn’t let anyone else have them. They were possessions to him.”

“They were all aware of our fears – that he would take a cowardly way out.”

When I heard this story late last night, I couldn’t even believe it. If you want to take your own life for in some way hurting the mother of your children, that’s one thing, but to take the children with you? That’s unthinkable and just evil. If Susan’s father and family believed Josh was a threat to himself and the boys, it’s a shame that something couldn’t have been done about it sooner. May both little Braden and Charles rest in peace.

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Police Suspect Connection Between Missing Women in Atlanta and St. Louis

January 9th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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A trick to throw investigators off of two missing women’s trails may actually serve as a link between the two cases. Twenty-three-year-old Phoenix Coldon was last seen in St. Louis Dec. 18 and just nine days later, Stacey Nicole English, a 36-year-old Atlanta woman was reported missing. Both victims’ cars were found with the engine still running, and in both cases, the investigation was slowed down because the cars the women were driving had been impounded. Neither police department realized that fact until several days into the investigations.

Given the similarities, the family of Phoenix Coldon is attempting to determine if their daughter is linked in any way to Stacey English. According to Atlanta Police Department public affairs manager Carlos Campos, investigators are “aware” of the Coldon case and “are planning to reach out to authorities in the St. Louis area as part of our investigation.

Nonprofit organization Black And Missing But Not Forgotten it is also keeping watch. “If the cases are connected, we are looking at a possible traveling serial kidnapper/killer and there could be more,” said Deidra Robey, the organization’s CEO and founder.

Phoenix was last seen by her mother in the driveway of their St. Louis County home at about 3 pm on Dec. 18.

“She was sitting in her vehicle,” her mother said. “She does that often. She’ll sit in the car and talk on the phone. That’s what I thought she was doing. When I looked out again, her vehicle was gone.”

Initially the mother thought her daughter had gone to the store, but when she didn’t return she filed a missing persons report.

Stacey Nicole English was last seen on or about Christmas day.  Her father, Rev. Kevin Jamison, told the Huffington Post on Wednesday that Robert Kirk, a resident of St. Louis, had been visiting with her, but the two allegedly got into an argument.

“The gentleman said they got into a dispute and she put him out of her house on Dec. 26 around 10:30 p.m.,” Jamison said. “That person has now gone back to Missouri.”

Families of both women say their disappearance is highly out of character and that they’ve felt out of the loop in the investigations, saying they don’t believe the police departments are doing all they can to find the women. The fact that Robert Kirk returned to the state where Phoenix was reported missing looks like a huge red flag but it’s unclear whether St. Louis police are interested in him. Campos says that Robert has not been named as a person of interest in Stacey English’s case but that the Atlanta Police Department would like to speak with him further.

At least the police are open to the possibility of a connection here, unlike the murdered women in Detroit. Do you think the coincidences in the cases are suspicious?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Missing Woman Identified as Bridge Jumper in Carolina

December 22nd, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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Police have confirmed that the person who jumped off of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge on Dec. 9 was Tosin Oyelowo, a 25-year-old resident at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

Oyelowo had been reported missing when she did not show up for work at MUSC on Dec. 12. Although police still have not recovered the body of the jumper, eyewitness accounts place Oyelowo at the scene. According to an incident report, police also found Oyelowo’s car parked at a Shell gas station near the bridge; her purse and keys were also found at the top of the bridge near where she had been seen around 3:40 p.m on the 9th.

Oyelowo came from Lagos, Nigeria, but her family moved to Raleigh, NC, where she studied  at the University of Charleston (West Virginia) School of Pharmacy. At the time of her death, she was a first-year pharmacy resident at MUSC.

Police say they are still looking for her body with the help of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Coast Guard, and Charleston County Rescue Squad.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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