Spartanburg, S.C, is going through another nightmare in 7 years when another African-American woman, Evelyn Shelton, 42, vanished.
She was last seen leaving a friend's home, said Capt. Regina Nowak of the Spartanburg Police Department. Though her unusual color Chevrolet and wallet were found since her disappearance on May 20, no one has heard from her.
Unmarried, Shelton is childless and has two younger siblings.
Her vanishing reminds one of a similar disappearance in the May, 2004, of another black woman, Tamika Huston, 24, of Spartanburg. Her status dind't change until an ex-boyfriend,, lead detectives to where he buried her 15 months earlier. Within a year, he was convicted of her death and is serving a life sentence.
He told police that he threw an iron at Huston when in an argument over cash. Hampton said he dated her for a few months, but had impregnated another woman and was trying to save money for the child.
Derrica Wilson, president of the Black and Missing Foundation, hopes that Shelton's family is forced to re-live the one that Huston's did.
In a way, Wilson, who works in law enforcement, said BAM has been fortunate enough to try to balance the playing field when it comes to missing African-American women. Like others, she realizes that the media and law enforcement up to now hasn't given the same attention to missing black people.
She said that missing blacks have been featured on popular TV shows such as "America's Most Wanted" and similar mainstays. Wilson traveled from Virginia to Shelton's hometown and helped her brother, Timothy Shelton, with a search that turned up her wallet.
Timothy Shelton said in a TV interview that the wallet discovery was the Lord's way of signalling that his older sister was still alive. And that he was doing the right thing by helping to organize another search for his sister.
Capt. Nowak surmised that someone placed the wallet down a below storm drainage tunnel. Though it was wet, investigators were awaiting for it to dry for examination the week of July 13th.
Wilson said BAM has been involved in 10 searches since its founding. At least one person was found alive in another state. The Black and Missing Foundation provides a background about the non-profit.
Manwhile, Evelyn Shelton is still missing, and her family wants her back.