By Jeff Mays
Although African-Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 33 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database. Cases involving African-Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.
NewsOne has partnered with the Black and Missing Foundation to focus on the crisis of missing African-Americans.
To be a part of the solution, NewsOne will profile missing persons and provide tips about how to keep your loved ones safe and what to do if someone goes missing.
Bengie Lynn Tyson
Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: Sept. 22, 1977
Missing Date: Nov. 29, 2009
Age Now: 39
Missing City: Red Lodge
Missing State: Montana
Case Number: 10-361-OF
Hair Color: Brown
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: It’s been seven years since Tyson was last seen in Billings, Montana, driving a blue 1999 Chevrolet Silverado truck that is also still missing.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Tyson’s father Byron Tyson says his daughter has had problems in the past, including drug use and some small run-ins with the law. But she was a bright and caring woman who was fluent in Spanish, which she studied, and didn’t mind a hard day’s work.
Tyson was working as a waitress and maintained her own residence in Phoenix, Arizona. She spoke regularly with her family and maintained close contact with her young son, who was in the custody of his father.
Source: Family Photo / Family Photo
“She would always let us know where she was,” Byron Tyson, a retired financial manager, told NewsOne in an interview.
Before she disappeared, Tyson hit the road with a boyfriend that her family did not approve of, partly because the pair had a volatile relationship.
“She tended to gravitate toward the low-life people …read more