Black and Missing Foundation 5K brings hope and awareness to cases – NBC4 Washington

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Members of the Black and Missing Foundation embarked on a 5K at the National Harbor in Maryland on Saturday to raise awareness of the missing persons cases they are working to solve and to support affected families.

“We are here to give hope to families who have lost loved ones,” said one participant.

The Black and Missing Foundation strives to fill the void in cases that, for whatever reason, do not receive the attention they need.

“We kind of started on our own making our own flyers and things like that because I didn’t really know where to start,” one woman said into a microphone in front of a crowd.

Since the organization was founded 14 years ago, it has helped reunite 400 missing people with their families, when breathless loved ones reach out.

“It takes all of us. It takes law enforcement, guards, it takes our media to help us tell these stories and it takes community,” said another participant. “We can’t always wait for the five o’clock and ten o’clock news cycle.”

The event also aimed to thank and recognize this community and to make the fruits of their labor even more known.

“One of the cases we had last year involved a missing toddler. [Their work] was very crucial because this organization helped spread the word,” Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said.

This baby went missing from Silver Spring and was found after the group shared a photo of her with her dad. A woman was able to identify the couple during the entire trip to New York.

“We found the child on the New York City subway basically because someone had been paying attention to something via the internet,” Jones said.

But of course, the resolution of these cases is not always happy.

One participant, Derrick Butler, said his sister Pamela Butler disappeared in 2009 in a case that received national attention. His body was never found, although his killer confessed and was convicted.

“I wish we could do the same with all the people who go missing,” Butler said.

The event and the foundation behind it aim to achieve this goal.

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