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Part 7: Families’ Voices

PART 7: Families’ Voices Latonya Moore was invited to join the new state task force on missing persons in Chicago. She declined, saying she’ll find other ways to honor the memory of her daughter Shantieya Smith, who went missing in 2018. (Photo: Sebastián Hidalgo) Loved ones of the missing reflect on disappointment and betrayal by […]

Part 5: Hidden in Data

PART 5: HIDDEN IN DATA Some families of the missing say that police closed their case without confirming that their loved ones had returned home safely. (Photo: Sebastián Hidalgo) From misclassifying some missing people as “located” and some homicide cases as “non-criminal,” poor police data will make it difficult for Chicago to effectively tackle the […]

Part 4: ‘Nobody Cares’

PART 4: ‘NOBODY CARES’ After Shantieya Smith went missing, family members and neighbors searched the alleys in North Lawndale near her home. Many loved ones of missing persons told reporters that they organize their own searches when they feel police are not doing enough. (Photo: Sebastián Hidalgo) Families say police are dismissive, neglect their cases […]

Part 6: What Can Be Done

PART 6: WHAT CAN BE DONE Mayor Brandon Johnson talks with residents at the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization convention in April 2023. Public officials and community members agree that the missing persons issue will require both government action and increased community services. (Photo: Sebastián Hidalgo) What a new state task force can and can’t do […]

Part 3: Delayed Cases

PART 3: Delayed Cases The Rev. Robin Hood, left, and his wife, Louvenia Hood, advocate for families on Chicago’s West Side. Hood is among many Black Chicagoans who told reporters that police have prevented them from filing missing person reports; officers often ask family members to wait 48 hours, Hood says. (Photo: Sebastián Hidalgo) By […]

Part 2: Who Goes Missing

PART 2: Who Goes Missing Hundreds of people joined the 6th Annual We Walk For Her March in June 2023, hosted by Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, to raise awareness about missing and murdered Black women and girls. (Photo: Sebastián Hidalgo) Black children make up nearly 60% of missing person cases, and the reasons are rooted […]

Chicago Missing Persons

Missing in Chicago Wins Pulitzer Prize For Local Reporting Reporters Sarah Conway and Trina Reynolds-Tyler honored by the Pulitzer Prize Board on May 6, 2024 Read More MISSING IN CHICAGO MISSING IN CHICAGO Tabitha Pittman, Tammy Pittman and Shirley Enoch-Hill share the stories of their loved ones — all Black women and girls who […]