Black and Missing asks “Where’s the news on Chioma Gray?”
I try not to post entire articles because I hate to block the traffic flow. But our friend Deidra has brought an interesting case to our attention out in California.
“Not only is there no news on Chioma, but the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website messed up her poster several times.”
She has been following this abduction of Chioma Gray for a while, discussing it in her Orlando Sun-Sentinal article.
Because I believe in the point she is making I am posting Deidra’s entire article here (I don’t think she will mind). Visit Black and Missing but not Forgotten and keep up with what’s going on with missing black females via the widget on the left sidebar.
By Deidra Robey
Have you heard of her? I don’t blame you. The news stations in California apparently never heard of her either because I don’t see one, not one article on this missing young lady and she has been missing for over a month.
For those of you who don’t know, Chioma Gray is a 15 year old black female who went missing from Ventura, California on December 13, 2007. She was abducted by Andrew Tafoya. He was issued a felony warrant for kidnapping the next day.
Below are pictures of Chioma and Andrew:
And guess what? Not only is there no news on Chioma, but the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website messed up her poster several times. The first time, they released an updated poster on Chioma without a picture of her abductor. They also misspelled the city she went missing from.(The city was spelled “Vetura” instead of “Ventura”)
Then on Tuesday (Jan 22), they updated the poster again. They added the abductor picture back but changed his relationship to her. He is now a companion instead of abductor even though the poster states that there’s still a felony warrant out for his arrest. And they still didn’t spell the city name right! Yup, confusing I know.
So what’s really going on here? No news on Chioma, no Amber Alert issued and now her kidnapper is her friend?!
Just to make a few points:
Google news search:
Yahoo news search:
Google Blogs search:
138+ Results to blogs and none linking back to local news
I’ve sent out some emails to the local news stations regarding this issue but still haven’t received an answer. I’m sending out more emails after this post. This is very disappointing.