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
Age at time of disappearance: 29
Missing Date: December 26, 2011
Last Seen: Pisgah View Apartments, Asheville, NC
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:
Words: Angela Childs