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“Find Our Missing” premieres on TV One Jan. 18; Tulsa woman to be featured

Melissa Hayer Published: January 13, 2012
S. Epatha Merkerson hosts "Find Our Missing" - TV One Photo
S. Epatha Merkerson hosts "Find Our Missing" - TV One Photo


“Find Our Missing,” a 10-episode, one-hour docu-drama series that puts a spotlight on finding missing black Americans debuts at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 on TV One.

“Find Our Missing,” hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, (“Law & Order”), is designed to put names and faces to people of color who have disappeared without a trace, according to a news release.

The story of Althedia Vaught, a 41-year-old grandmother-to-be from Tulsa, is featured in the second episode, scheduled to air Jan. 25. Vaught was seen leaving her house late one night in January 2009 wearing her pajamas and hasn’t been seen since.

Each episode will tell the story of the missing person or persons, starting with the day they vanished and the frantic searches initiated by loved ones and investigators to find them, while sharing insight into the victims’ lives, as well as chronicling the investigations into their disappearances and delving into why the search for them has been unsuccessful so far.

Contact information will be provided on each show for the specific police and local FBI offices handling the cases covered for anyone who may have information about the missing.

In information provided by TV One, the premiere episode features stories of two people who disappeared in 2009:

- Pamela Butler, a 47-year-old Program Analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency, mysteriously disappeared from inside her Washington, D.C. home despite an elaborate security system. Her boyfriend was the last person to see her.

- Hasanni Campbell, a sweet five-year-old boy suffering from cerebral palsy vanished from the busy Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland, California. His foster father, who was dropping off Hassani at his foster mother’s job, says he left him alone for just moments when he took Hassani’s younger sister to the front of the store.  Investigators don’t believe Hassani ever made it to Rockridge that day.

In addition to the series, TV One will also include social media and online content on to share important information on what to do if someone is missing, tips on how to prevent abductions, as well as offer more stories of lost people, and some who have been found.

TV One will also join in partnerships with organizations that provide real-time alerts and information on missing persons and allow users to submit tips electronically.

A new Justice and Mystery section will be launched as well on to include news articles about the latest missing persons cases, the wrongfully imprisoned, police brutality and unsolved mysteries, along with retrospectives on major justice cases throughout history and a feature where users can ask experts questions related to the justice system.

TV One is carried on Cox on channel 167; AT&T U-verse on channel 157 and on DirecTV on channel 328.

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