Each year approximately a half a million people are listed as missing, but most of them are quickly found. According to NamUs, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, only about 2,000 of those will still be listed as missing by the end of a year. The numbers have dropped sharply over the years and they continue dropping.
Some voluntarily leave, but actually vanishing without a trace on purpose is increasingly difficult. Most of those reported as missing are under the age of 21. Boys outnumber girls just slightly and over half of those are people of color. A strong contributor to finding missing persons is the rise of social media.
On May 19th, an 8 year old girl was literally dragged from her mother’s arms by a man in a car. Within hours, the face of the child and a description of the man’s car were everywhere on the internet. His vehicle was spotted by two alert church ladies and she was rescued less than 24 hours after the brazen kidnapping.
Tragically, many more people don’t have the same quick resolution. Here are a few of the recently missing from Texas.
Malik Rashad Brown, 17, was last seen in Fort Worth at a Shell Station on Jacksboro Highway wearing a white tee, white Nike slides and either blue jeans or gray jogging pants. He has not been seen since 10:30 pm on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019 and is considered an endangered child by DPS. He has a tattoo on his forearm that reads “RIP Sosa.” Malik is approximately 6’0 and 175 pounds. For more pictures and information about Malik, please check pl8pic, or the DPS website.
If you have any information or believe you have seen Malik, please contact the Fort Worth Police Department at 817-392-4222, or the Missing Persons Clearinghouse for Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 512-424-5074 or the DPS Helpline at 800-346-3243.
Prisma Denisse Peralta Reyes, 26, has been missing from Mesquite since April 17, 2019. She is 5’2 and 135 pounds and was last seen wearing a red polo shirt and blue jeans. She dropped her son off at the baby sitter’s house that morning as usual. She left work at noon and has not been seen since. She is a member of the National Guard and works as a paralegal.
Security footage has surfaced of Reyes talking on her phone around 6 pm outside the Olympic at Ross apartment complex in Dallas. Reyes appears disoriented in the video, swaying back and forth and staggering while talking on her cellphone. She is believed to have been at that complex to meet with an ex-boyfriend with whom she had recently began seeing again. The video can be viewed numerous places including Crimeonline.com. A day after she went missing, her 2017 Jeep Wrangler was found in the 3500 block of Roseland Avenue, near North Hall Street, in Old East Dallas.
If you have any information about the disappearance of Prisma Reyes, please contact the Mesquite Police Department at 972-285-6336.
John Rodriguez, 16, has been missing from Fort Worth since June 13, 2019. John is 5’7 and 130 pounds. He is listed with the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. If you have any information about the disappearance of John, please contact the Fort Worth Police Department or NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST.