Nicole Goodlett of Spartanburg, SC, missing since March 2014.
When nearly 300 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram and went missing in April, the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls became a rallying call to draw attention to the crime and to demand action.
Nations, including the United States, sent resources to Africa in hopes of finding those girls while every day, here in America, scores of black people go missing with little or no fanfare or calls to action.
The National Crime Information Center reports that more than 270,000 minorities have been reported missing since 2010. Almost half of that number is made up of African-Americans, and roughly 64,000 are African-American girls and women.
Missing persons activists call upon the media to offer more attention and focus on missing people of color. Dateline NBC’s initiative “Missing in America” recently posted the story behind the disappearance of Nicole Goodlett.
Goodlett was first reported missing by her parents on March 12, 2014. Goodlett, who is called Alazay or Zay by friends, suffers from depression. Her parents do not believe she has her medication with her and are duly concerned for her safety.
Goodlett is 5’10″ tall, weighs 130 pounds and wears her hair both curly and straight. Investigators believe that Goodlett may be the victim of foul play but cannot give more information about that belief without compromising their investigation.
Jerald Howard, Goodlett’s boyfriend, has been identified as a person of interest in the case. Howard dropped their twin girls at his parents’ home after she went missing and has been back and forth since. No charges against him have been filed, but they would like to speak with him about the case. The twins are now in the Department of Social Services’ custody, while her 5-year-old son is with Goodlett’s parents.