Missing Mommy: April Michelle Pickens (Asheville, NC)


December 26, 2012 will mark one year since the last time anyone has seen April Michelle Pickens. When most of us will be celebrating the holidays with our families, April’s 5 children, between the ages of 1 and 10 years-old, will be wondering if their mommy will ever come home.

That’s right. 5 children. Myasia, 10, Christian, 6, Neveah, 4, Silus 2, and Serenity, 1, will not be sitting around the Christmas tree this year opening presents with their mother.

Ms. Pickens, 29, was last seen on December 26, 2011 by her sister Kimya Pickens. April stopped over her sister’s house to borrow some perfume because she was on her way out with a new male friend. Unfortunately, no one knows the name of this new person, but from what her sister said, April was in very good spirits when she borrowed the perfume.

That was the last time anyone has seen her. April has seemingly vanished into thin air.

So where’s the news coverage? The silence on April’s disappearance is quite deafening. How can a mother of 5 go missing and not a buzz from the national media? According to the FBI, out of the 678,860 people reported missing in 2011, 270,680 were minorities. That’s 40%. The national media coverage of missing adults and children is overwhelmingly white. It nowhere nearly represents the 40% that are missing. Help Black and Missing but Not Forgotten get the word out about April’s disappearance.

Case Type: Endangered
DOB: 1983
Gender: Female
Race: Black
Age at time of disappearance: 29
Missing Date: December 26, 2011
Last Seen: Pisgah View Apartments, Asheville, NC
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 155
Complexion: Medium
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown
Identifying Marks: 3 tattoos: Chinese letters on her right breast, the Gemini sign on her right thigh and “Eric” on her upper back.

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of April, please contact: Asheville Police Department (828) 252-1110 or make an Anonymous call to A-B Crimestoppers at (828) 255-5555.

Black and Missing but Not Forgotten is an organization dedicated to raising awareness for missing African Americans and addressing the racial disparities in the mainstream media reporting of missing persons of color. To report a missing person case or to keep up-to-date with Black and Missing but Not Forgotten:

Email: info@blackandmissing.org

Words: Angela Childs

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  • http://www.facebook.com/elonna.marie Elonna Marie

    Shared this on FB. Hope they find her!

  • IllyPhilly

    Blessings to her family.

  • MillieG1

    My thoughts and concerns are with the family and friends due to the disappearance of another African American women within the Rocky Mountain area, which is truly iunbelievable and disturbing. A mentally disturb person is in the community murdering unsuspecting women and no one seems to know who this violent, vile, degenerate is. Hopefully he will be apprehended quickly and convicted to then maximum.

  • bkisses

    when someone like this goes missing there isn’t much hope they will come back alive, some do some don’t,. I pray they finally get some closure to her disappearance..