In honor of Black History Month I’m profiling one African-American MP every day on this blog for the month of February. Today’s case is Yolanda Jean Maull, who disappeared from Birmingham, Alabama on May 26, 1982, at the age of thirty.
Yolanda was in the process of a divorce at the time of her disappearance. She spoke to her attorney at 9:00 that morning. She was supposed to attend a court hearing about the divorce later that day, but never showed up. Her car was found abandoned.
Given the timing, one inevitably wonders whether her husband was somehow involved. But no charges have been filed against anyone, and it’s been a very long time since anyone heard from Yolanda.
I have Yolanda’s grandchildren. From her son Brian. My daughter’s middle name is Jean after her grandmother. Maull was her married name. Her maiden name was Thomas. Her disappearance has deeply affected Brian and his sister the rest of their lives. Brian was only 2 when she disappeared. So he never really knew her and suffers from that to this day. The popular opinion among their family is that their dad (her husband divorcing) did it. He abandoned them shortly after her disappearance