Everything To Know About The Black Couple That Went Missing In The Dominican Republic 4/9/2019

The families of Orlando Moore and his girlfriend, Portia Ravenelle, were searching for both New Yorkers who went missing while vacationing in the Dominican Republic late last month.

The couple traveled to the Dominican Republic on March 23 and was scheduled to return home four days later.

National Police spokesman Col. Frank Felix Durán Mejia said investigators met Monday night and were expected to release information about the case, CNN reported. But there was no timetable for when they would discuss the status of the case.

This comes against the backdrop of President Donald Trump weighing in Monday on the white American tourist who was released by her kidnappers in Uganda over the weekend. The president urged the Ugandan government to find her abductors. As of late Tuesday morning, he hadn’t made a public statement about the missing couple.

Investigators said what happened to the couple after they checked out of their hotel in Samana is a mystery. They failed to board their flight back to the United States, and there’s no record of them returning back home.

Moore’s sister, Lashay Turner, said her brother has a daughter and he would never just run off without a trace, according to WNBC-TV.

“I’m scared. I don’t know what’s going on. I’m saddened, my family is saddened by this and we just want my brother to return safe and alive,” said Turner who contacted the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic before filing a police report when her brother became missing.

Turner recalled that she spoke with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials who confirmed to her that the couple did not get on their return flight. The agency declined to speak publicly on the case, WNBC said. However, the U.S. Department of State said it was working with Dominican Republic authorities to locate the missing couple.

“When a U.S. citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts and share information with families however we can,” the State Department said. “The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State. We stand ready to provide appropriate assistance to U.S. citizens in need and to their families.”

Meanwhile, the family was sending up prayers for the couple’s safe return.

“When these things happen, you always think of the worst, but we are hoping for the best,” Edith Walters, Moore’s grandmother, said.

A Girl was in Prison for 6 years with out a trial and now she is missing 4/6/2019

Nationwide — Ciham Ali Ahmed, an Eritrean-American girl, was imprisoned by the government of Eritrea at the age of 15 although she was never convicted of any crime. Since then, Ciham, who is now 22-years old, has been held incommunicado for 6 years and even her family doesn’t know where she is exactly or how she is doing. Born in California to Eritrean parents, Ciham grew up in Eritrea where her father Ali Abdu formerly served as the minister of information under President Isaias Afwerki. In 2012, her father fled to Australia fearing for his life after a rift with the president.

Ciham’s father then reportedly negotiated with smugglers to get his daughter out of the country because he thought the government would take retribution on him through his daughter.

Eritrea has a policy of forced national military service for young people starting at the age of 18. The conscription should last for only 18 months but he feared the government would have his daughter face a life of permanent conscription instead.

However, Ciham was arrested on December 8, 2012 while attempting to cross the border to Sudan to escape.

Not only Ciham tried to leave the country in fear of never coming out of conscription. The UN refugee agency UNHCR said there were 459,430 Eritrean refugees around the world by the end of 2016.

Ciham, described by her family as caring and compassionate, never faced trial and wasn’t charged with any crime. Yet she remained in prison and her whereabouts are still a mystery even to her family.

Since then, her family tried to find out where she is but her uncle, Saleh Younis, told CNN they were only told that “her case is being personally handled by the President and nobody knows anything about it.” Her family also tried to seek help from the US government.

“Because she is US born… I really thought the government of the United States would scream bloody murder but no one is speaking for her. It’s very, very disappointing. She is a United States citizen but because she grew up in Eritrea and because her parents are Eritreans, then I guess she is not fully American,” Younis said.

Recently, several organizations are drawing attention to Ali Ahmed’s disappearance. A group called One Day Seyoum took her story to social media sites for a campaign using the hashtag #happybirthdayciham. The Amnesty International is also urging people to sign the petition to call on the Eritrean government to release her.

“Granting Ciham Ali Abdu unconditional release would signal that there is hope for a new era of reform to begin in Eritrea,” said Felix Horne, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The government has already deprived Ciham of her adolescence; she now deserves to spend her adulthood as a free woman.”

14-year-old girl missing from Northeast DC 3/4/2019

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Police are searching for a missing 14-year-old who was last seen in Northeast on Feb. 25.

Jayla Johnson’s last known location is the 500 block of 19th Street in DC. She is a 5-foot-8, 130-pound black female with a medium complexion, brown dreadlocks and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a black hoodie, pink Helly Hansen jacket, blue jeans and tan Timberland boots.

MISSING: 15-year-old from SE DC 3/4/2019

Mariaha is described by police as a black female, with a medium complexion, 5’6” in height, 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

WASHINGTON — Police need help locating a missing 15-year-old girl from Southeast, D.C.

Mariaha Shalin Greene was last seen in the 1800 block of 28th Place SE on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Police say she was reported missing on Thursday. 

Mariaha is described by police as a black female, with a medium complexion, 5’6” in height, 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white shirt and black pants.

Kaitlyn Williams

Case Type: Endangered
DOB: Jan 01, 2004
Missing Date: Feb 12, 2019   
Age Now: 15
Missing City: St. Louis
Missing State: MO
Case Number: x
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 5-7
Weight: 115
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Long
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: 11100 block of Oak Parkway in north county.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Police said Kaitlyn recently moved to St. Louis from Chicago and is not familiar with the area.

Last Seen Wearing: A long dark coat.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: She has long black braids.

There Are 64,000 Missing Black Women and Girls in the United States and No One Seems to Care 2/25/2019

Nationwide — Over the years, a disturbingly disproportionate number of Black women and girls across the United States have gone missing. What’s even more alarming is that the media coverage and legislation that missing Black girls are getting seems to be lacking compared to missing white girls.A 2010 study about the media coverage of missing children in the United States discovered that only 20 percent of reported stories focused on missing Black children despite it corresponding to 33 percent of the overall missing children cases. Conclusively, the report said that missing Black youth — especially Black girls — are underreported in the news and it seems that many people don’t even care.

According to reports, when Black girls go missing, it’s often unclear whether they have run away from home, were inflicted violence, abducted, sent into the sex industry, among others. Basically, their safety and assurance to be brought back home was commonly ignored and not an utmost concern.

As of 2014, about 64,000 Black women and girls were missing across the U.S. However, most of those do not receive enough media attention and public support to be found.

In efforts to address the problem of missing Black children nationwide,  Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman, Robin Kelly, and Yvette D. Clarke initiated the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls in 2016. Through the caucus, they hope to create public policies that “eliminate significant barriers and disparities experienced by black women.”

Members of the caucus believe that more federal assistance and collaboration is needed to further eliminate the problem.

“I feel like knocking on every attic, every garage to see where those girls are,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. “Let’s be an example to the world that we can’t rest until these girls are found.”

Meanwhile, the Black community and organizations utilize social media networks to bring back missing Black girls. Using the hashtag #BlackGirlsMissing, many young women have returned home safely despite the usually limited support from police and minimal reporting from media.

Black and Missing But Not Forgotten is a great non-profit organization focused on spotlighting and finding missing African Americans. For more details

35y/o Nahendra Faye Davis

ALERT: #Baker, LA – 35y/o Nahendra Faye Davis last seen 12/27/18 at about 4:45 p.m. She dropped off her children at her mother’s home in the Glen Oaks area of #Baton Rouge. Davis’ unoccupied vehicle was found around Scenic Hwy. and 72nd Ave.

Amber Evans

Case Type: Endangered DOB: Jan 01, 1991 Missing Date: Jan 28, 2019 Age Now: 28 Missing City: Columbus Missing State: OH Case Number: x Gender: Female Race: Black Complexion: Light Height: 5-5 Weight: 122 Hair Color: Brown Hair Length: Shoulder Length Eye Color: Brown Wear Glasses or Contacts: No Location Last Seen: Unknown. Circumstances of Disappearance: She she disappeared after a domestic dispute. Police say Evans vehicle was found near the Scioto Mile area after a dispute with her boyfriend. Last Seen Wearing: A white parka and black leggings. Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.

Takara J. Branch (MISSING)

Takara J. Branch
Case Type: Endangered
DOB: Jan 01, 1989
Missing Date: Jan 23, 2019   
Age Now: 30
Missing City:Chesterfield
Missing State: VA
Case Number: x
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Complexion: Light
Height: 5-5
Weight: 170
Hair Color: Brown
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: At 2 p.m. Jan. 23 in the 6800 block of Lucy Corr Court.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Police said Branch is in need of medication. She may be driving a 2006 Acura TL 4-door sedan with Virginia license plate UWV9517.

Last Seen Wearing: Unknown.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.

Courtney Madison Lynch (Missing)

Courtney Madison Lynch

Case Type: Endangered
DOB: Jan 01, 2001
Missing Date: Jan 25, 2019   
Age Now: 18
Missing City:Germantown
Missing State: MD
Case Number: x

Gender: Female
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 5-6
Weight: 120
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Long
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Location Last Seen: She left her Waters Road home on foot.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Police and family are concerned for Lynch’s physical and emotional welfare.

Last Seen Wearing: A burnt orange hooded sweatshirt and grey camouflage Crocs.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.

Amber Evans (Missing)

Amber Evans
Case Type: Endangered
DOB: Jan 01, 1991
Missing Date: Jan 28, 2019   
Age Now: 28
Missing City: Columbus
Missing State: OH
Case Number: x
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Complexion: Light
Height: 5-5
Weight: 122
Hair Color: Brown
Hair Length: Shoulder Length
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: Unknown.

Circumstances of Disappearance: She she disappeared after a domestic dispute. Police say Evans vehicle was found near the Scioto Mile area after a dispute with her boyfriend.

Last Seen Wearing: A white parka and black leggings.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.