Missing: Jermal Hawkins, 19, Chicago



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Police: Olive Harvey student missing
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Jermal Hawkins, 19

Sun-Times Media Wire
October 17, 2013 (CHICAGO) — Police are searching for a 19-year-old college student missing from the South Side Pullman neighborhood.

Jermal Hawkins told his family in a text message that he was going to the library and to get a hair cut near South Stony Island Avenue and East 87th Street on Tuesday, but never showed up for the hair cut, according to a missing person alert from Area South detectives.

Hawkins has not been showing up for classes at Olive Harvey College since then, the alert said.
He is described as a 6-foot-2, 245-pound black man with black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion, the alert said. It is not known what he was wearing when he went missing,

Anyone with information should contact the Area South Special Victims Section at (312) 747-8274.


Missing: Luisa Pena, 21, Central Falls

Family and friends of a missing Central Falls woman are pleading for her safe return.

Luisa Pena, 21, is developmentally disabled and three months pregnant. She’s been missing since Wednesday.

Her family says Pena has a speech impediment and does not drive, and she may not understand what’s going on around her.

Last week, Pena visited her alma mater, Central Falls High School, where she spoke with some of her former teachers. Jordana Tillinghast was one of those teachers.

“She was not in her right frame of mind on Tuesday,” said Tillinghast at a news conference Monday afternoon. “[She was] very different than I’ve ever seen her.”

Tillinghast said she asked Pena if she was on drugs, but Pena said no.

Pena’s family said they fear she was abducted by two men who reportedly assaulted her two months ago. Pena reported the assault to police last week.

Her family also said Pena met a stranger at a bus stop last week, and are afraid he also could have abducted her.

Pena was last seen wearing scrub pants, orange flip-flops and black sweatshirt. Her family said there were reported sightings of her on Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pawtucket Police Department at (401) 727-9100.


Missing: Sade Dickson-Pippin, 15, Detroit

February 6, 2013 at 8:55 am
Detroit girl, 15, reported missing

  • By The Detroit News

Detroit Police are seeking the public’s help to find a 15-year-old girl  missing for nearly a week.

Sade Dickson-Pippin was last seen about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the 11300 block  of Prest on the city’s west side.

She is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, 125 pounds, with brown eyes, black  hair and a light brown complexion. She was last seen wearing a white shirt,  black tie, black plaid skirt, waist-length jacket and boots. Police said the teen is in good mental and physical condition.

Anyone who has seen her or might have information is asked to call the  Detroit Police Department’s Criminal Investigations unit at (313) 596-5240.
From The Detroit News: Detroit girl, 15, reported missing | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com

Missing: Vivian Jones, 21, Leaving NYC

Mother Of N.Y.C. Woman Last Seen At Port Authority Bus Terminal Refuses To Give Up Hope

May 29, 2013 By Jeff Mays

Stevie Danielle Bates

Case Type: Involuntary
Date of Birth: Dec 29, 1992
Missing Date: April 28, 2012
Age Now: 20
Missing City: Yonkers
Missing State: N.Y.
Case Number: 12-45085
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Complexion: Light
Height: 5’6″
Weight: 115
Hair Color: Blonde
Hair Length: Shoulder Length
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: Leaving N.Y.C. Port Authority 8th Ave. between 41st and 42nd street.

Circumstances of Disappearance:
According to Bates’ mother, Vivian Jones, her daughter was returning from a cross country bus trip to New York City from Hot Springs, Ark., on April 26, 2012. Bates is a Bronx High School of Science Graduate, a National Achievement Scholar, and a student of CUNY Hunter College. Jones says she spoke with her daughter on April 27th at about 7:52 p.m. while the bus was on a layover stop in Pennsylvania.

Later, Jones was able to view video that showed Bates on the escalator at New York City’s Port Authority bus terminal at about 8:15 a.m. on April 28th. Bates was later spotted walking south on 8th Avenue. Jones said her daughter told her that she planned to stop in Brooklyn to visit a friend before returning home.

Bates has not been seen or heard from since.

There’s been no activity on Bates’ Facebook page or credit cards since April 26, 2012. And Bates may not have ever made it to see her friend in Brooklyn. The friend claims that he last saw Bates before her cross country trip.

“Stevie never goes without calling me,” said Jones.
Not knowing what happened to her daughter is torture, says her mother.

“All kinds of thoughts go through your head,” she told WPIX 11.

“It’s those times when you get alone that it’s hard to breathe, because I don’t know where to look,” she added.
Bates was scheduled to move in to her parents’ Yonkers home; she had, had her boxes delivered there. More than a year later, those boxes remain unopened because Jones can’t muster up the energy to sort through her daughter’s belongings.

“We have to set up her room so it will be ready for her when she comes home,” said Jones who refuses to give up hope.

Last Seen Wearing: Dark skinny pants; three-quarters length navy blue spring maintenance jacket with the name “Mike” sewn on it; flat-deck-like sneaker, possibly black and white; and a small pocketbook with a long string strap worn over her shoulder across the chest.

Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Bates has a distinct look, with blond shoulder-length dreadlocks. She has two ear piercings in each ear, a nose piercing with small stone in her left nostril, a tongue piercing with a round gold ball tongue ring, and a belly piercing with a 2-inch-long chain belly ring.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Stevie Danielle Bates should contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line or New York City or Yonkers Police. The family is offering a cash reward for information that leads to finding Bates.

Stevie Danielle Bates Missing: Mother Of N.Y.C. Woman Last Seen At Port Authority Bus Terminal Refuses To Give Up Hope | Breaking News for Black America

Missing: Avonte Oquendo, 14, Queens, NY

Avonte Oquendo

Avonte Oquendo, 14, who cannot communicate verbally, was last seen on Friday.

Cops and Family Searching for Queens Teen With Autism

By Jeanmarie Evelly and Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on October 7, 2013 12:18pm | Updated on October 7, 2013 12:18pm

QUEENS — Cops and family were searching Monday morning for a 14-year-old autistic boy who was last seen Friday leaving his school in Long Island City.

Avonte Oquendo of Rego Park, who can’t speak, was seen on surveillance footage running away from the Riverview School at 1-50 51 Ave. just before 12:40 p.m.

His older brother, Danny Oquendo, has set up a fundraising website to assist in the search for Avonte. He said the family has received reports that the teen may have been spotted in Jamaica, Queens.

Oquendo said his brother is somewhat familiar with the city’s subway system but would not have been able to find his way home on his own.

“He’s autistic and he cannot verbally communicate at all,” he said. “He can’t even tell someone if he’s hungry.”

Avonte was wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. He is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at NYPD Crime Stoppers or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Cops and Family Searching for Queens Teen With Autism – Rego Park – DNAinfo.com New York

Spotlight of the day: Esteria Smith

Runaway Car
When Panama City, FL dad John Smith drove 9-year-old Esteria home from karate one day, things got scary. “He told me he couldn’t see and started panicking saying, ‘I don’t know what to eat!’” Esteria told NBC affiliate WJHG-TV.

Esteria then took the wheel and drove eight blocks to a hospital. “He was fighting with me and I couldn’t make turns,” she said. “He was pushing the accelerator and I was [in the backseat] reaching over him Esteria then took the wheel and drove eight blocks to a hospital.

“He was fighting with me and I couldn’t make turns,” she said. “He was pushing the accelerator and I was [in the backseat] reaching over him, driving with one hand. I hit a curve and we almost ran in the front of an ambulance!”
By the time they got to the hospital, John had lost his vision, motor skills, memory and, eventually, consciousness. The diagnosis: a stage-four brain tumor, which Smith is now fighting.
photo via WJHG

Spotlight of the Day: Victor J. Glover

Black Excellence: Victor J. Glover Makes NASA’s 2013 Astronaut Candidate Class U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Victor J. Glover just got the opportunity of a lifetime. The California Polytechnic State University grad was selected from a pool of over 6,000 applicants to become one of NASA’s eight new astronaut candidates.
The astronaut trainee program will prepare the candidates for possible missions to low-Earth orbit, an asteroid and Mars by sending them through two years of rigorous technical training at space centers around the globe.
Lt. Commander Glover, who is the only African American in this year’s class, set himself apart from the other applicants by penning a clever limerick.
He explained in a press conference:

“There was a lot of writing involved. The one that stands out the most is, we were asked to compose a tweet, a limerick, or a haiku. I believe I did a limerick, and it goes:
‘Eyes fixed, gazing off into space
My mind in awe of the human race
This is all dizzying to me
Because I gave so much blood and pee
Happy to be here, vice the colonoscopy place.”

In addition to being one of NASA’s perspective astronauts and a F/A-18 pilot, Lt. Commander Glover and his wife Dionna have four daughters–Genesis, 10, Maya, 8, Joia, 6, and Corinne, 5. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
We wish him luck!