Missing persons

Government officials and law enforcement in Washington, D.C. are responding to social media hysteria surrounding missing girls reports.

D.C. officials blame social media for the increased public interest in runaways and other missing persons.

Responding to the thousands of tweets about missing girls, Commander Chanel Dickerson of the Youth and Family Services Division said:

“The number of missing persons reports has remained constant since 2014. What has changed is our way of getting that information out quickly and the tools that we are using to get that out."

The department's Twitter page apologized to the public for giving the false impression that a large group of girls have suddenly gone missing due to foul play.

"There isn't a spike in missing people in DC, we're just using social media more to help locate them. Sorry to alarm you," the department tweeted.

The department said the girls are runaways who have not returned home yet.

officials acknowledged D.C. has a runaway problem.

“The difficult thing is some of these kids do go missing multiple times,” said Acting Police Chief Peter Newsham. “When they go missing, guess what? You have a child out there and there are people in our community that will prey on those children.”

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Glad there's no increase but sad that so many go missing not to be heard from again.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Ever heard of the Atlanta missing and Murdered children? Sounds eerily similar...

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I hope they are found. It's sad we it's just making news. This is an epidemic

  • Mrs. B. Y.

    I've heard of the serial killer in Atlanta in the '80s but this is not the case. This is typical behavior of children from rough backgrounds. Many will return and some may never go back.

  • Django the God

    Did Disqus just reappear?

  • puppylove

    I have a problem trusting police statistics when it involves our missing. The grim sleeper was active in South La for two decades and the police hid the fact that there was a serial killer on the loose because they determined that the crimes were N.H.I.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Can we get a post on Obamacare staying in effect?

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    That's allllllll that's coming out of his mouth Obama

  • Django the God

    Is that the best picture they could find for that one girl?

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    I always feel like the police take pics from their social media. That's why folks gotta be careful of what is posted.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    The victims of the Atlanta child murders, came from some of the roughest neighborhoods in Atlanta. At first the murders received little attention because the kids were disadvantaged and written off as delinquents and runaways. Don't write these kids off as runaways. Something isn't right

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    No one is writing the kids off as runaways. The police and youth services said a lot of these girls have runaway multiple times before.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    They always say that about black youths!

  • Naturallydope

    It's rough in DC some of these girls are running away from group homes and foster homes that are pure hell! What does it mean if they have ran away multiple times what if this time they were abducted?

  • Cheese eggs

    Find them?

  • Locapoca

    U be nice ?

  • Mrs Mary

    Bottom line is they ARE MISSING! FIND THEM

  • dontgetblocked

    I'm sure some of this girl's are victims. Others are out running the streets. The police can't chase down runaways all day. Like my mama told me, "Runaway if you wanna. Ain't nobody going look for you." I believed her and kept my black booty home. I wish I would run away. I might as well have stayed gone. The hell I would have faced when I came home.

  • dontgetblocked

    A black man was arrested and convicted for those murders.

  • Django the God

    Just seems inappropriate.

  • Malcom Flex

    The facts are due to mass fatherlessness black girls and boys are preyed upon by all the thugs infesting black usa. Yall think pimps are cute? They are PREYING upon our young. They don't give a F about black kids. Black people, that is.

  • EXECUTIVE LURKER

    Has anyone else noticed the blog appears to be down and difficult to reach?

  • EXECUTIVE LURKER

    Something is up, the blog is experiencing alot of tech-difficulties.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    We're working on the issues. Thank you for your patience.

  • EXECUTIVE LURKER

    I see, thanks for the update.

  • klwbaby

    If they have ran away multiple times, no one is interested in why this happens? I know some of the girls thought they were grown and wanted to leave home but what about when this is not the case? No one wants to investigate their homes to make sure other kids are not being abused. If they runaway from foster care, the state doesn't want to investigate these homes and see what is really going on behind closed doors??

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    And if you grew up in Atlanta around that time you know that Wayne Williams did not commit those murders...

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    When I was a youngster living in New York, kids were always running away from home. Usually they stayed with friends or people they met at bus stations. 18,500 kids ran away in 2016. Social services does not have the resources to look for thousands of kids.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    When I was a youngster living in New York, kids were always running away from home. Usually they stayed with friends or people they met at bus stations. 18,500 kids ran away in 2016. Social services does not have the resources to look for thousands of kids.

  • klwbaby

    I know kids run away from home. But I still feel that something needs to be done to see why this is occurring.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I lived in Miami when the children were being abducted in Atlanta. I followed the case closely. I'm satisfied that they got the right guy. Wayne Williams definitely killed some of those kids. Maybe not all. The evidence against him was overwhelming. His car was on the bridge when one boy's body was thrown into the water minutes earlier.

  • klwbaby

    I know kids run away from home. But I still feel that something needs to be done to see why this is occurring.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I lived in Miami when the children were being abducted in Atlanta. I followed the case closely. I'm satisfied that they got the right guy. Wayne Williams definitely killed some of those kids. Maybe not all. The evidence against him was overwhelming. His car was on the bridge when one boy's body was thrown into the water minutes earlier.

  • hotntot95

    Again I repeat...if it were YT girls missing regardless of the reason why...it would be mass hysteria...save it...going back to bed now...?

  • hotntot95

    Again I repeat...if it were YT girls missing regardless of the reason why...it would be mass hysteria...save it...going back to bed now...?

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    So white girls don't run away from home? Here is the list of missing kids in Los Angeles County in March alone https://missingkidsla.org

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    So white girls don't run away from home? Here is the list of missing kids in Los Angeles County in March alone https://missingkidsla.org

  • hotntot95

    Sounds like down play to me...this is a "aw it's really not as big of an issue" write-up, "u can go back to whatever u were doing" they were just runaways" write up....u have a goodnight..

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Children run away from home every day in America. There are children missing in every state. I wish they could find them all and return them home. But there's a reason they are running away.

  • hotntot95

    I enjoy Your TI stories and who wore what in ATL at whatever club...BUT...I'm no fool, I know self hate when I see it..it's an obvious problem about these BLACK GIRLS going missing...that is all..??

  • Taylordanes

    White girls get amber alerts and news reports ... these women get nothing... the police dept is covering their dumb arses right now because it took a village to get the word out. Sandra shame on you for acting like the police don't have a history of lies and cover ups....

  • Taylordanes

    They do and they receive news coverage. I'm still seeing reports on Natalie Holloway

  • Taylordanes

    Downplay and covering their tracks

  • Taylordanes

    ????????????

  • Taylordanes

    These kids are being used in sex trafficking and organ harvesting.... not living with friends or in bus stations

  • Taylordanes

    They lieing

  • Taylordanes

    The police lie to cover their lack of protection so....

  • Lolalao

    That's why I couldn't get with the Women's March.. Where are all the pink hats? Aren't we all women?

  • lovelygamour

    People need to wait to become parents and once they become parents they need to ask for help sooner. These poor kids.
    I still say something is going on cause a few of those girls look alike.

  • LibraGirlonly

    I don't believe the police. I didn't even know what was going on until I started watching a you tube video about something else and saw a video about these girls. I clicked on it and I saw many videos about this. Something's not right about this.

  • Fatty4387

    Suddenly get out is becoming more real

  • Mrs. B. Y.

    Become a social worker if you want to help. Social workers are over worked and underpaid. They need the help. Maybe this missing girls thing will get some people into that field.

  • Mrs. B. Y.

    Although Sandra does display some anti-Blackness, this isn't the case. She is stating just the facts. Many of you just don't want to believe it.

  • Mrs. B. Y.

    From my recollection of the case, they didn't hide the fact that there was a serial killer. They just never put two and two together although the neighborhood was suspicious that a serial killer was on the loose. They didn't care to look into it any further. These missing girls are not the same as that case. But if you have evidence that there is a serial killer on the loose, please contact your local authorities.

  • Mrs Mary

    this is a subject that has been close to my heart since I was a teenager and I have always said that this subject should always be at the forefront of the mass media as well as being able to keep this in political talks because if they have warrants to knock on doors or knock down doors if you don't open them they can find every missing child that is missing. had they did this then those girls in Cleveland that was kidnapped right in their own neighborhood would have been found if they had warrants to knock on every door and search homes..ten years that could have been only maybe a few days until a warrant was granted..SAD!!!! this is a problem that needs to be addressed instead of all these other stupid things. another huge problem in America is the overly sexualized media and how porn is accessible and how these young white boys are molesting their sisters and brothers at high rates...this also needs to be addressed by mass media. all these young men are being turned to gays because they are being molested in their homes at the tender ages of 4 and five...SAD!!!

  • Tan Monae

    Sad

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  • LibraGirlonly

    The department of human services have their hands full with drug baby's and molestation. They're not looking for missing people.

  • LibraGirlonly

    He was the fall guy. It was much sinister than that.

  • LibraGirlonly

    No they didn't Sandra. I'm surprised you think that. I always looked at you as being very intelligent.

  • LibraGirlonly

    24 girls gone missing in 24 hrs and you don't think something is wrong with that?

  • jazzysmith12

    Don't believe the cops!!

  • jazzysmith12

    usez about a ugly trick inside!!

  • bella28498 .

    yea the cops mad because social media waking ni99as up

  • Depths Of My Soul!

    I think the family provides the photos

  • laidbackgal4real

    They took one look at these girls and say oh they're black no problems here

  • AlwaysPi7

    All of these girls and boys are not runaways. DC be on that bs at times and i am resident. It angers me that more is not being done to find these youngins.

  • Nauje

    You're so right. I had no clue that these girls were missing.

  • bella28498 .

    Amazing the pizza gate scandal in Washington DC might have something to do with these missing girls. Yea the same pizza gate scandal MF'ers said wasn't real including the "authorities"

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  • fRAktal Reality

    D.C. officials blame social media for the increased public interest in runaways and other missing persons.
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    There is NO intelligence in the language syntax above. The public has been called upon many times for assistance in locating runaways and missing persons. Why shouldn't the public be informed? Do you see the deception and contradiction? KRAKKA LOGIC.

  • fRAktal Reality

    Yes, these are OUR babies. Let's move heaven and hell to find them and return them to safety. We have to be battle-ready.

  • Malcom Flex

    LIARS. They're just backtracking. Most runaway black girls are pimped and perverted by BLACK MALES PERIOD.

  • Cali

    And No increase means..... THIS ISH IS THE STANDARD and your pasty arses still unbothered about their welfare. Sick

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    What about the California kids who went missing this month? Where's the news reports for them? Where are their hashtags on Twitter? https://missingkidsla.org

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1744c1e449be47474e2a1e3295a36652e3bed0a43afccf75c35a2fb8395a209.jpg

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    What officials are saying is this number of runaways is not unusual for D.C. Running away is not a new phenomenon. Six of the missing girls have already returned home. The others probably don't want to return home.

  • fRAktal Reality

    "another huge problem in America is the overly sexualized media and how porn is accessible and how these young white boys are molesting their sisters and brothers at high rates...this also needs to be addressed by mass media. all these young men are being turned to gays because they are being molested in their homes at the tender ages of 4 and five...SAD!!!" <-- @MrsMary - This is a product of CRIMINAL/HOMICIDAL/RAPE CULTURE,that originates out of Caucasian pathology which is unsynchronized with nature. Any THINKING that is NOT synchronized or aligned with nature (natural forces) is vulnerable to corruption and corrupt actions will follow suit.

    Observe the level of degradation among aboriginal populations that have been WHITE-ACCULTURATED linguistically and through western culture.

    There was time a when sexually deviant behavior and criminal activities among Blacks were unimaginable and non-existent. What changed??? OUR THINKING!!! The reason western Blacks are called "akata", "oyibo", "oyinbo" and "oburoni", for example, by our AfRAkan peers is because many have become a former shell of themselves, a false image. No longer black skin-black mind, but black skin-white mind, unrecognizable by name, language or culture, and disconnected from ancestral communications.

    Restoration and healing is a must. We are for whom we have been waiting.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    What about the missing kids in Los Angeles? Do you care about them, too? Kids go missing daily in every state in the U.S. Why should the news media only focus on the ones in Washington, DC?

    https://missingkidsla.org

  • fRAktal Reality

    Ok, THAT was what blogger, @Executive Lurker, was talking about. I experienced that hiccup, too. Thought Sandra changed the comment section back to her original blog format.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Exactly. If people really care about the missing kids they should form search posses and help look for the kids. Something tells me they won't. They will just wait for the next Twitter hashtag to tell them who is worth caring about.

  • fRAktal Reality

    Yes. For a minute, thought Sandra changed the comment section back to her original blog format.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    "Runaway if you wanna. Ain't nobody going look for you."
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    True. When I was in school in the 1970s, there was always an empty chair in my class when a classmate ran away from home. Many children run away. This is not a new phenomenon. There are no resources to look for them.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    There was a conflict with Disqus and Cloudflare yesterday. But we got it resolved. Thank you for your patience.

  • fRAktal Reality

    Affirmative.

  • fRAktal Reality

    @Taylordanes - I didn't realize how serious trafficking was until I took a donation of clothes and other items to a local women's shelter in my city. Got into a discussion with one of the administrative clerks who shared some heavy stuff about what some of the residents experienced. Many of them are on psychotropic drugs to cope with their trauma and pain. There are some criminally evil, abusive people in the world who do not deserve to breathe oxygen. May forces reciprocate to them the harm they caused to others 10-fold. So let it be written. So let it be done. Ase!

  • Michelle

    If these girls were white would the press release by the same? I think not.

  • Michelle

    If these girls were white would the press release by the same? I think not.

  • Gigi

    If people knew what is going on in LA homeless shelters too. Using cult programming methods. Psychotropics is big business. There are many smaller jonestowns going on all over this country being paid for and covered up by the US letter agencies. Mitrice Richardson comes to mind. Author Dave Mcgowan wrote about all the strange stuff that has been going on in LA for decades and in particular the laurel canyon area.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Where are the press releases for the missing kids in Los Angeles , New York and every other major city?

  • fRAktal Reality

    @SandraRose - Runaways or not, the bottom line the girls were/are reported 'missing'. They need to be found regardless of the background narrative. The wording in that paragraph was disturbing. It didn't sit well with me.

    If the girls were recovered as a result of search efforts, tips from the public or returned on their own volition, there should be public notifications. If a matter involves a child in foster care or ward of the state who has repeatedly run away, an investigation should be launched or contingency relocation for the child.

  • Altheman0767

    AND you know why we know those girls are missing? Oh that's right because the police have been using social media for missing people. Their is no uptick in missing people and most people who go missing will be found. This is hysteria at its core

  • Altheman0767

    They rather believe some twitter post than facts

  • Altheman0767

    Ok Alex jones

  • Depths Of My Soul!

    Maybe all of this was to bring our attention to the amount of missing kids/teens period

  • Depths Of My Soul!

    "There are no resources to look for them."

    That's very disheartening

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Anyone who is well read is aware of the high number of kids who go missing in the U.S. Whenever a child vanishes under mysterious circumstances - meaning no history of running away like the D.C. girls - reputable journalists always mention how many children are missing in the U.S. Many of you rely on trending Twitter hashtags to tell you what to protest. You jump on the protest bandwagon without doing any research on your own. It's a wonder some of you don't break your legs jumping on and off the hashtag bandwagon.

  • Depths Of My Soul!

    Yes it is mentioned, then people go back to whatever it is they were doing.

    I haven't seen too many missing person's floating around like these DC girls.

    All I am saying is maybe it's brought to our attention so we can all share the info more on missing & exploited children the way people share Celebrity Tea.

    I'm not on many social networks but when I found out about these young ladies, I checked and most had already returned home.

    Many just shared the story without researching these girls let alone their names or history

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Just because a missing child is a habitual runaway, doesn't mean he or she hasn't met with foul play. Runways, most of whom probably come from broken homes, ran by "single moms," are easy targets for predators. And let's not overlook the the children who are thrown in the wolves by their own parents. Way back in the day, I had a friend who was murdered less than a year after his parents kicked him out for being gay.

  • Depths Of My Soul!

    These are the names of some of the missing Teens, some have been found, some have not

    Jacqueline Lassey ~Located

    Talisha Coles ~Located

    *Aniya mcneil ~Still Missing

    *Yahshaiyah Enoch ~Missing since Jan. '17

    Dyanna White ~Located

    *Morgan Richardson ~Still Missing

    *Dashann Trikia Wallace ~Still Missing

    Juliana Otero ~Located

    *Gladys Keitt ~Still Missing

    *Anjel Burl ~Still Missing

    *Shaniah Boyd ~Still Missing

    Chareah Payne ~Located

    Michael Carrera-Mason ~Located

  • Depths Of My Soul!

    Update: These are the names of some of the missing Teens, some have been found, some have not

    Jacqueline Lassey ~Located

    Talisha Coles ~Located

    *Aniya mcneil ~Still Missing

    *Yahshaiyah Enoch ~Missing since Jan. '17

    Dyanna White ~Located

    *Morgan Richardson ~Still Missing

    *Dashann Trikia Wallace ~Still Missing

    Juliana Otero ~Located

    *Gladys Keitt ~Still Missing

    *Anjel Burl ~Still Missing

    *Shaniah Boyd ~Still Missing

    Chareah Payne ~Located

    Michael Carrera-Mason ~Located

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    That's be cause these girls are trending on Twitter. Google missing kids and you will see hundreds of missing children in every state. None of them are trending. It seems black people only care about what's trending on Black Twitter.

  • TeeTee

    I figured because there has been no main stream media coverage of this

  • TeeTee

    Thank You

  • TeeTee

    Why are you so worried about California kids? What about the ones from Atlanta.

  • fRAktal Reality

    Thanks, love! I saw that a DC law enforcement agency posted updates on twitter, too. Good job!

  • Layah Jhene

    Uhhh maybe because these girls disappeared around the same time in the same areas and in the same age group. But if they are runaways their mammies would come out publicly telling us that so mofos won't be wasting time gathering at the town hall screaming and crying for these girls.

  • A D N

    And I still ask, why are the girls running away?

  • mocha brown

    Lies they are trafficking and stealing organs! The govt. and media are all in on it. Black and Hispanic people need to take organ donors off their license immediately.

  • Wayup!

    Atlanta 1980 all over again... THOSE children found had body parts missing
    Never forget there was a curfew for kids under 18

  • Taylordanes

    thank you!

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Now I must admit I was one of them. Truth be told my brother was the first person I know to post about it and I thought that It was some farce , then when I woke up to several celebrities posting about it I too jumped on the bandwagon and posted on my instagram, then I started to wonder where were these girls when they went missing, did my research and found that they did not all disappeared on the same day as reported.and that most of them, if not all, were runaways, not that their life is any less important, however, I was mad and felt I had been duped. because a lot of them have been returned safe if you check the DC PD twitter account you can see all of this info because that's where it all started and no one is posting about that, about them being returned....never again...

  • noluvlost

    Look at you Sandra. Fight for dem babies.

  • noluvlost

    Kansas city Mo