Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Pregnant Philadelphia woman missing for 9 days

I hate to use another persons' situation to make a point, but unfortunately I am compelled to do so.

We are still bombarded with live remotes from Aruba, and while I've hesitated to comment previously on the Natalie Halloway Holloway story, it is indeed a sad one. Fine. I have silently bristled at how an 18 year old woman is still considered a 'teen', and how a US Senator seems to think he can order Dutch and Aruban authorities how to govern in their own states, but hey! I suppose Sen. Shelby would turn over US sovereignty were the tables reversed. But those rants will wait for another day.

I live north of Philadelphia, and only heard about this story today:

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- Police in Philadelphia are searching for a 24-year-old pregnant woman who has been missing for more than a week. Latoyia Figueroa was last seen on the afternoon of July 18 in the area of 59th and
Walton.

Figueroa, a 5-foot-2 African American, is five months pregnant and has a 7-year-old child. She has long, dark brown hair and brown eyes and two tattoos -- an angel on her right wrist and her daughter's name on her left arm.

Now only a cynic would suggest that the reason this story isn't getting wall-to-wall coverage as did the Jennifer Wilbanks story or Ms. Holloway's is because Ms. Figueroa is black.

And while I am hopeful Ms. Figueroa will turn up as did Ms. Wilbanks, I can't help but wonder why there isn't more attention being paid to her plight.

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