Carlee Russell Shouldn’t Derail Missing People of Color Cases, Org. Says

Carlee Russell DON’T LET HER CASE IMPACT SEARCHES FOR OTHER POC … Says Missing People Org.

7/21/2023 1:00 AM PT

Carlee Russell‘s “disappearance,” which cops can’t confirm actually happened, could have a negative impact on people of color who really do vanish … but one organization wants to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Natalie Wilson, co-founder of Black & Missing Foundation, tells TMZ … the details police provided this week about Carlee’s alleged disappearance were certainly disappointing to hear, but shouldn’t set a precedent for similar cases.


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She says her org has been working hard the past 15 years, lending a hand to families whose loved ones’ cases don’t make headlines — and Natalie doesn’t want Carlee’s example to knock down all that progress.

Natalie feels something good did come out of the Carlee story, though … telling us the country really came together to bring awareness to her case, and hopes that same energy can be put into finding others.


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As we reported, police said they found searches for Amber Alerts, taking money from a register and the movie “Taken” on Carlee’s phone — and those were all in the days and hours before she went off the grid last week.

Plus, they added there’s no evidence to support her claim of seeing a child get abducted.


All that being said, Natalie’s org has helped bring people home and add closure for more than 400 families — and she says those without a voice need help now, more than ever.

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