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Post by Guest on Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:37 am



Kalisha "Mocha" Madden (26) was last seen at 3:00am on 11/28/2011 leaving Vegas Strip Club at 6609 Michigan Avenue in Detroit and getting into a vehicle with three males. Kalisha is 4' 11" tall and 145 pounds with long black hair. She was last seen wearing a denim jacket, brown shirt, blue jeans, and knee-high boots. Call in tips to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.

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Woman's Vanishing Causes Heartache, Frustration

Date: Monday, December 05, 2011, 6:03 am
By: Monica Lewis, Special to BlackAmericaWeb.com



Nikia Scott is not a journalist, but she’s spent the last week trying to inform the public about her cousin, Kalisha Madden, who has been missing since the early morning hours of Nov. 28.

Madden, 26, was last seen leaving her job at the Sting Gentlemen’s Club in the southwest section of Detroit around 3 a.m. last Monday. Witnesses say Madden left the club with three men in a black SUV or car. Since then, family and friends have been distributing fliers in neighborhoods throughout Detroit and urging people to post information about Madden on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

While appreciative of people’s willingness to spread the word via social media, Scott said there is some disappointment that Madden’s story isn’t generating media coverage beyond Detroit.

"It's very disheartening and frustrating because large media outlets can get everybody looking. Those first few days are the most important time in situations like this," said Scott, who lives in Washington, D.C., but has stepped up to be a spokesperson of sorts for the family.

Former college classmates have helped Scott connect with Detroit print and television media outlets, but they’ve been unable to get anything like national coverage generated from the disappearance of Michelle Parker, a 33-year-old mother of three last seen in Orlando, Florida on November 17. Parker went missing after her ex-fiancée and father of her two youngest children argued with her over a lost engagement ring on an episode of "The People’s Court."

"To not have the immediate attention and large, full-scale coverage, it just seems like we’re not being offered the same resources," Scott said. "There are people out there who know things that might not even realize they can help. All we need is for more attention to be given to the case."

Derrica Wilson, co-founder of Black and Missing Foundation, Inc., a Hyattsville, Maryland-based nonprofit, agreed, adding that she has been unhappy with overemphasis of Madden’s profession – exotic dancer – and her status as a single mother of six. Wilson said the media has downplayed the fact that Robyn Gardner, the Maryland woman who disappeared during a trip to Aruba in August, went to the island with a man she met on a swinger’s website. This and the fact that Gardner was in a relationship with another man at the time of her disappearance have rarely been discussed in the seemingly non-stop coverage of the case.

"When there’s a missing person of color, they associate the person with negative information. It just seems like our lives are less valued," Wilson said.

Wilson co-founded BAMFI in 2008 with her sister-in-law, Natalie. The organization was “born out of necessity,” said Wilson, a South Carolina native who was concerned about the lack of coverage given to Tamika Huston, who, like Wilson, hailed from Spartansburg. Huston’s 2004 disappearance generated little coverage outside of South Carolina, but a year later, Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba. Huston’s family struggled to spread the word about the 24-year-old woman, while Holloway became a household name.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, approximately 40 percent of all missing persons are people of color. That statistic would surprise some people because of the disparities in media coverage. However, Natalie Wilson added, the complexion of newsrooms could also play a factor.

“We’ve done research and found that there is a lack of diversity in newsrooms. Media say they are featuring stories that their communities want to hear about,” Natalie Wilson said. “As African-Americans, we need to be vocal and say we need to hear about people like Kalisha, too.”

A former police officer, Derrica Wilson said law enforcement officials can also increase awareness, pointing to Baltimore Police Department Maj. Terrence McLarney, the lead detective in the missing person’s case of Phylicia Barnes. McLarney, who is white, called out the media for its slow response to cover the disappearance of Barnes, a North Carolina teen who vanished while visiting family in Baltimore last December. Barnes’ body was found four months later in a river 40 miles outside of Baltimore.

“He (McLarney) was fighting to get (Barnes) exposure like Natalee Holloway, Laci Peterson or Elizabeth Smart,” Derrica Wilson said, naming other high-profile missing persons cases. “We need everyone looking for our people because you never know what the attention can do. Just because a person is missing doesn’t mean that they can’t eventually be found alive.”

As time goes on, both Derrica and Natalie Wilson stress that Kalisha Madden’s family, especially her mother, Pamela Johnson, need to continue to hold out hope and do whatever they can to keep Kalisha in the news.

"Someone knows something, and we need for that someone to come forward," Derrica Wilson said. "In our community, we have that ‘no snitching' mentality, but if someone comes forward with even the smallest tip, that can lead to authorities finding Kalisha."

Anyone with information on Kalisha Madden’s whereabouts should contact Detroit police at (313) 596-1000 or Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK UP. People can also leave anonymous tips at Black and Missing Foundation Inc.’s website, www.bamfi.org.

URL: http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/moving_america_news/35104/1


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Post by raine1953 on Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:01 pm

Kalisha Madden is still missing but I found it very interesting reading the FB page about her and there was another female that was with her that is missing too.
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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:21 pm

Thank you Raine.
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