Hundreds Race for Black, Minority Reported Missing

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The last time Thelma Butler talked to her daughter in February 2009, they discussed plans for a Valentine's Day get-together.

That conversation was the last the two had because Pamela Butler disappeared without a trace and hasn't been seen or heard from since.

"She and her boyfriend were supposed to be taking me out to dinner," Thelma Butler recalled. "I called her on Feb. 12. Saturday was Valentine's Day and we were supposed to meet at 3 p.m."

"She didn't show up and I called and called. I called the kids and told them 'This is strange.' But I went to a church service. Later I called and her phone was busy and after that it rang and rang."

Butler, 81 and a resident of Southwest, said she and some family members went to her daughter's and found the bed completely stripped and Pamela's pocketbook open with her wallet missing.

When her 47-year-old daughter disappeared, Butler said, it was as if her life had come to a standstill.

"It's tears, tears, tears," she said somberly. "I couldn't stop crying and asked God to say something."
Every day since, Butler said she and her family wonder about Pamela, miss her and grieve for her. Butler said she believes her daughter's boyfriend is responsible for her disappearance, and Butler's son Derrick admitted reluctantly that he thinks his sister is dead.

In 2012, more than 265,000 minorities were reported missing in the U.S., the reason the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc., hosted its first annual "Hope Without Boundaries" 5K Run/Walk at National Harbor in Ft. Washington, Md.

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