I just heard this story tonight, 7 years after it happened. Because of the Jesse Davis murder the local news showed this one from Aliceville, Alabama. Her name is Shelia Diane Hughes and she was 9 months pregnant when she disappeared. I have never heard of this and it happened less than 100 miles from me. Why was there no national news coverage of this? I know the logical answer is that it's because she is black. But she is a human being, pregnant with a child. Surely that is not the real reason, is it? How can we pick and choose what crimes are important? This has me very upset and I just don't know what to think.


Sheila Diane Hughes
Date of Birth - 6/17/71
Date Missing - 9/1/00
Missing from - Aliceville, Alabama
L.E.A. - Aliceville Police Dept.
Contact - Inv. Bottie Cox
Telephone Number - (205)373-6631

ID Info -  NCIC #M-270978479. Sheila is a black female, 5'5" tall, weighs 150 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. She has a scar on her lower lip and was last seen wearing a gray shirt and white stretch shorts.

Circumstances - Sheila went out with her boyfriend at approximately 10:30 p.m. Her boyfriend said he dropped her off at home about 3:00 a.m. but no one has seen or heard from her since the night she left with him. Sheila was 9 months pregnant at the time she disappeared.

This is from the WCBI TV website.

Sheila Hughes has been missing since September 1, 2000. Her family, friends, and law enforcement have searched for her with very little success. Sheila was nine months pregnant when she disappeared. A few of Sheila's items were found in Noxubee County but thus far nothing else. Sheila's family clings to hope she will return home, but they want closure.
Sheila's sister, Debra, has fond memories of her sister. Debra also remembers the last night she saw Sheila, and she had a gut feeling she would never see her again.
With many cases of missing pregnant women receiving national media attention, it distrubs the Hughes family that they haven't made their way to Aliceville, and it they believe it's because of Sheila's race.
The Hughes family has always kept the family's of the missing women in their thoughts because they understand their situation.
Despite little evidence the case remains open, and investigators are begging the public for help, but they are stopping short of calling it a cold case. 
The Hughes family moves on, but vow Sheila's memory will never be lost.


Please somebody tell me that this story was not forgotten because she is black. I can't stand to even think it. But how else do you explain it?



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Jul. 2, 2007 at 7:59 AM That's so horribe. Maybe the local newspaper would be interested in pursuing the story. The media is the way to get to the bottom of things in alot of instances. Please update if you hear anything else!

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Jul. 2, 2007 at 10:18 AM

I remember hearing about this several years ago- but only because my husband's cousins live in Noxubee County, MS - Aliceville is on / near the Alabama Mississippi line. 

I know it is hard for families to "go public" but most of the time that is the only way to get attention to their case. The more you scream and shout sometimes the more attention you can bring to  your case. 

 I pray for her family and I hope that one day they can have closure.

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Jul. 2, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Well, I dont know how old you are but I know that 7 years ago I may not have heard this or if I did remember it now.

Im not saying that there isnt a bias in the news for white victims cause I believe there is but it hard to say that is what happened in this case.

You have to take the time frame into consideration too.  7 years ago news was presented differently than it is now.  I dont think there was a national obsession with these type of cases like there is now.

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Jul. 2, 2007 at 2:11 PM An ugly crime such as this should have been news no matter when it happened, national obsession or no. There is a mother and her child missing and there is no excuse for there not being at least regional news coverage of it. I was 26 at the time that this happened so I would have known it if it had been on my local news. I would certainly remember. I never heard of it.

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Jul. 2, 2007 at 5:17 PM

maybe the family requested it to be kept out of the news.... When my cousin was murdered, we kept it out of the news out of respect. We only wrote an obituary and funeral services in the paper... guess that never occured to you. But then again, everyone is so quick to play the race card now a days.

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Jul. 2, 2007 at 5:31 PM I don't think it has to do with that as, why isn't stories done about everything that has ever happened to anyone... Just some push it more for media attention than others.  If that were the case, why do we get bombarded with the oj simpson and michael jackson coverage?

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Jul. 2, 2007 at 5:32 PM How many missing kids are there around the world, yet only few actually make it to the public eye...

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Jul. 2, 2007 at 5:51 PM

That's so true SweetKitKat71 and it always makes me wonder why. I have no real idea why it happens like this.

Also, to Tattoedtrash, the only knowledge of this case that I have is what was on the local news last night and what I could find online. But the lady's sister said on the news last night that they had contacted many national news outlets trying to get coverage and every declined. But like I said, I don't know this people and never heard of it when it happened.

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Jul. 2, 2007 at 7:00 PM Thats so horrible, how could anyone deny a story like that, they can have time to show crap no one cares about, but what we do care about, for a lot of stories -- so many are left out. Its so sad.

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