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Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.

NewsOne has partnered with the Black and Missing Foundation to focus on the crisis of missing African Americans.

To be a part of the solution, NewsOne will profile a missing person weekly and provide tips about how to keep your loved ones safe and what to do if someone goes missing.



Arthur Neal may have gotten a big break when he purportedly won $20,000 in the lottery. But shortly afterward, the sprightly 86-year-old who still did masonry work, disappeared.

The door to Neal’s home was ajar and he had not been in contact with his family in spite of it being the holiday season.

“We just don’t know what happened,” Arthur’s granddaughter Christina Hall told NewsOne in an interview.  “Nobody knows for sure what happened. He always has his phone. He always contacts me.”

Earlier this month, Neal’s body was found frozen solid in the basement of an abandoned house in Northwest Detroit.

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