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?