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Sad: 33 Percent of the FBI’s Missing Persons Are African-American

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Reported by Liku Zelleke

NewsOne is collaborating with the Black and Missing Foundation to address and bring focus to what it calls the “crisis of missing African Americans.”

“Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population,” the news site said, “we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.”

In this week’s bulletin, NewsOne brings attention to Desmond Moore who has been missing since he was last seen on August 30, 2014 in Gautier, Mississippi, as he left his mother’s house to meet friends at a Pizza Hut less than a mile away. He never arrived at his intended destination.

Gautier Police Department Lt. Scott Wilson, lead detective on the case, said, “He never showed up and no one has heard from him since then.”

Moore is described as being a black male, 5’9″ tall, and weighs 140 pounds. He also has shoulder-length dreadlocks.

Desmond’s mother, Delina Moore, said it was unusual for her son to disappear without making contact. “I just want to bring my son home,” she said. “Drop him off at the hospital or whatever. Just bring him home.”

Capt. Jerry Cooksey, also from the GPD, said, “We are much more concerned now that it’s been this long.  We still believe he’s alive. We’ve been getting so many different stories.  We just don’t know. We haven’t given up hope.”

His mother too, thinks her son is alive. “I’m letting him [Desmond] know I’m not giving up. I’m not giving up until I bring him home,” she said.

Police say that all the leads they had haven’t led anywhere and that other agencies, including the FBI, are lending a helping hand in the case.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts or circumstances of disappearance of Desmond Moore is being asked to contact Gautier Police Department at (228) 497-2486 or the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.