>Thanks to our blogger friend CreoleinDC for alerting us to this story via her blog about a young woman named Stepha Henry…
…who went missing in Lo’s hometown of Fort Lauderdale on May 29th. Missing persons reports about people of color, particularly young women and children, don’t receive nearly the amount of coverage in traditional media as they should. As a part of the blogosphere, we want to do our part to help. If you feel so inclined, please do the same by posting this young woman’s photo. Someone might see the photo and be able to provide valuable information to the police. It takes a village…
Here’s the news account of what happened:
The family of a woman who disappeared from a Fort Lauderdale nightclub pleaded for the public to come forward with leads.
In quiet, grief-stricken voices, family members of a girl missing since last weekend’s Memorial Day celebrations made a public plea for any information regarding her whereabouts.
Stepha Henry, 22, was last seen partying at Peppers Cafe, located on 3828 N. University Dr. in Fort Lauderdale, at 1 a.m. May 29.
Steve and Sylvia Henry flew down this week from their home in New York to help search for their child.
”I’m going to stay in Florida until I find my daughter,” Sylvia Henry said Wednesday, speaking at Miami-Dade police headquarters.
As Miami-Dade homicide detectives joined the search, police said they would work around the clock to find her.
Henry, a recent graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, flew down from New York for Memorial Day weekend to celebrate her sister’s 16th birthday. The Henry sisters had been staying with their aunt and cousin in Miami Gardens for the weekend and planned to fly home May 29.
The night before she disappeared, Henry told her family she was getting a ride to Peppers from a friend. Her sister stayed home.
A videotape taken by a promotional group at Peppers shows Henry at the club.
But she never made it home.
Calls placed to Henry’s cell phone went straight to her voice mail. The petite woman was last seen wearing a black dress with a white tank top underneath and brown heels. She was carrying a brown clutch purse. Henry, who has long bronze hair, is 5’2” and 110 pounds.
”It’s been very hard. She is not the kind of girl to run off. If anyone has seen her, I am asking that you please come forward,” Henry’s mother said Wednesday.
Emily Chin’s family owns Peppers Cafe.
”No one at Peppers knows anything,” said Emily Chin, whose family owns Peppers Cafe. ”I just hope that her mother finds her.” Chin added that Peppers employees didn’t know Henry was missing until they saw her story in the news.
A vigil was held at Henry’s college campus in New York Wednesday, the school said in a news release.
Miami-Dade Detective Roy Rutland said police are looking for information regarding the driver of a dark-colored four-door Acura Integra, who picked Henry up at her aunt’s house.
Anyone with information can call Miami-Dade Det. Brigette Robert at 305-418-7200 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.