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A 14-year-old boy, missing since Monday is being searched for in Washington, D.C., and police are asking the public for assistance. As many people know, African-American children and teens who go missing do not always generate the major media coverage that can assist in helping them return home. The Black and Missing Foundation was created to address that injustice and help families find their loved ones.

“Families with a missing loved one cling to hope, founders Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson say in a statement on their website. “Hope that their loved one will return home. Hope that law enforcement will be proactive. Hope that the media will get involved. Hope that members of the community will come forward with vital information to bring their loved one home. At BAM FI, we are dedicated to “BEING THE VOICE FOR THE MISSING” by providing a platform of hope for the overwhelming number of missing persons of color.

WUSA 9 reports:

D.C. police are asking for the public’s help finding a 14-year-old boy who has been missing since Monday.

Police say Patrick Lake was last seen on December 7 at around 3:00 p.m. in the 400 block of Minnesota Avenue NE.

Lake is described as a 5-foot 8-inch tall black male weighing 163 pounds with brown eyes and black hair in the style of a high-top fade. Police say he was last seen wearing a white polo shirt, tan pants, white shoes and carrying a silver backpack.

Anyone with information about Lake’s whereabouts is asked to call D.C. police at 202 727-9099.

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