(NEW YORK) — Missing New York teen Mishell DiAmonde Green has been found and reunited with her family hours after she was featured on ABC’s The View, last week.
An anonymous viewer who recognized 16-year-old Mishell’s profile from the segment immediately called the Black and Missing Foundation to report her whereabouts, which led to her recovery at a shelter called Safe Horizon for victims of violence in New York City.
Green disappeared Sept. 8, 2011 while heading to an after-school program called “The Door” in the Soho area of New York City.
While Green has not yet disclosed what happened to her after she went missing, her family said “Mishell is safe and out of harm’s way.”
“We thank all who lifted your hearts and voices in prayer, who posted reports, who told about her disappearance, who called us with suggestions, and who were there,” Green’s family said in a statement.”Thank you to The View for providing a platform that gave Mishell’s story the media attention needed for her recovery.”
The View segment featuring Green aired on Feb 24. It was the second in a series of segments titled “The View on Crime: Missing Black Children.”
According to FBI figures, nearly 40 percent of all missing persons are people of color, but critics say that the most media attention is reserved for white women.
“This reunion proves how vital national media coverage is in finding missing persons,” said Derrica Wilson, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. who also appeared on The View segment. “As an advocate for missing persons of color, it is our mission to help bridge the gap in the disparity of coverage of our missing persons.”
Green’s Family and Wilson are scheduled to appear live Monday, Feb. 27 exclusively on The View where they will discuss the recovery of Mishell Green.
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