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Missing BLACK Woman
« on: July 27, 2005, 03:09:25 PM »
In the news. . .

Pregnant Philadelphia mother of one missing
Last seen on July 18; reward offered

Wednesday, July 27, 2005; Posted: 1:58 p.m. EDT (17:58 GMT)

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- The Philadelphia Citizens Crime Commission, with the help of a Philadelphia blogger, have launched a reward fund for information leading to Latoyia Figueroa, a 24-year-old pregnant mother of one who has been missing since July 18.


Figueroa went to a doctor's appointment with a male friend on that afternoon, police said, but did not show up to retrieve her 7-year-old daughter from day care later that day.

Stephanie Stephenson, a relative who raised Figueroa after her mother was killed when she was a toddler, told CNN that Figueroa, five months pregnant, left the friend's house in west Philadelphia "and disappeared."

Her cell phone -- a constant companion -- has gone quiet for the nine days she has been missing, and her bank has recorded no transactions.

"The Philadelphia police and the detectives are involved now, and they're making this their priority case," Stephenson said, adding that the very close family was bearing the strain "as well as can be expected."

"Her mother was my first cousin," she said. "We were raised together as sisters. ... We're holding up by the grace of God."

Philadelphia Police Lt. Frank Vanore said authorities have no suspects in custody.

"We're trying to interview everybody that she knew, but as far as leads or evidence found to show us something might have happened -- no," Vanore said.

Vanore said Figueroa was a victim of robbery in April, but police believe that was an isolated incident unrelated to her disappearance.

Santo Montecalvo, vice president of the Philadelphia Citizens Crime Commission, said the commission's reward fund had reached $10,000 Wednesday morning. And Richard Blair of Philadelphia has launched a drive for the reward fund through his blog, allspinzone.com.

"The Citizens Crime Commission does not have a way to make a donation online so we've taken up that task," he said.

Blair said he has been covering this story on his site because he does not think it has gotten the publicity it deserves.

"I just didn't feel that this story had been given any publicity -- young, black woman out of the ghetto. ... I want them to know that there's people out there thinking about them," he said.

Blair said he hopes fellow bloggers will not see this as a political issue, but will come together to increase publicity and donate to the reward fund.

"In a situation like this where you have a network of blogs working together, there's not politics to this story. This could happen to anyone of us," he said.

Meanwhile, family and friends have been searching a park near where she disappeared and passing out flyers with the diminutive, 5-foot-2 Figueroa's picture.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Philadelphia Southwest detective division at 215-686-3183.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/27/Philadelphia.missing/index.html

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Re: Missing BLACK Woman
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2005, 03:20:30 PM »
C'mon. Let's discuss this outside of the BLSD thread. . .

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2005, 10:48:38 PM »
I was flipping channels a minute ago and her story was being discussed on the Fox News Channel.  They still haven't found her.

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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2005, 10:56:20 PM »
You know I had to chime in on this one.  The media was shamed into covering this girl.  After the spate of white females and the internet buzz about only white girls being covered you would have thought that they would have jumped all over this story.  Alas they didn't, it took a blogger in Philadelphia to organize other bloggers to talk about why her story wasn't covered.  Two weeks later, the media is all over this, and they have full search parties etc. 

Hey, I'm glad the attention is there don't get me wrong, but I still have a big F*ck You for the media.  Dbgirl, I'm sure you're about to chime in about how great the media is.  Go right ahead.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2005, 11:03:57 PM »
Well BP I just don't like to see people slam the media as a whole.
The media is capable of doing some very good things. I know that I  personally have exposed a lot of people who did terrible things and made a real difference. At its best, that's what the media does.
Yes, there are definitely problems with what the big news channels  (and even some local newspapers) find important. But most journalist are good people!

Anyway BP I actually agree that CNN et. al responded to pressure on this story.
When you have somebody dying because they are poor and black or poor and white or because of whatever they are ... that erases everything that's great about this country.

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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2005, 11:49:23 PM »
No doubt.  The only reason why I know of this story was because it was posted here.  It really surprised me tonight when I flipped  past Fox and saw the big Missing Alert with a black female on it.

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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2005, 02:34:05 AM »
I'm waiting for Vinny to come along and ask us why we only care about missing black people. After all, Natalee Holloway is missing too!
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2005, 12:51:45 PM »
I'm waiting for Vinny to come along and ask us why we only care about missing black people. After all, Natalee Holloway is missing too!

WHAT THEE NATALIE HOLLOWAY IS MISSING!!! I would have never known. They rarely even mention her on Nancy Grace ???  They should post a reward or at least drain Lake Michigan, do something people!

They haven't mention that pregnant black girl again...Just wanted to bump this....
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2005, 03:33:47 PM »
Don't worry Made4Law Nancy Grace has the Holloway story covered.
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2005, 11:04:11 PM »
Dateline's doing a story about how the media always covers white missing females.
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