Black History Month: Marcus Daniel

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 Marcus J. Daniel, a University of Missouri student who disappeared from Columbia on December 6, 2002. I don’t know what he was studying or whether he was last seen on campus or what. He was 25 years old and would be 40 today.

Marcus apparently left of his own accord; he wrote a goodbye note to his dad, and a few days after his disappearance he sent his mom a letter postmarked Chicago. Perhaps as a result, he wasn’t reported missing until 2005.

He may believe he has good reasons for staying under the radar these past 15 years. In which case I recommend he contact the police and verify his identity and well-being. That way they can close his case and his family will know he is safe, but whatever new life he’s carved out for himself does not have to be disrupted.

6 thoughts on “Black History Month: Marcus Daniel

  1. forthelost February 13, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Can you feature a family abduction or two? i’m not picky which ones.

    • Meaghan February 13, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      Yeah I have one upcoming.

  2. becky February 15, 2018 / 12:56 pm

    Wow, I wonder if these notes have been forensically analyzed to determine whether he actually wrote them.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan February 15, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    I wish we had more information on what was said in the notes. I assume he decided to skip college and strike out on his own. Also it wpuld be nice to know where he was from originally.
    Also, why did he wait to notify his mother. I assume his parents were divorced.

  4. Mack January 18, 2021 / 1:00 am

    I’m one of Marcus’s brothers. My name is Mack. Answers to the questions I’ve seen posted:

    The notes haven’t been forensically analyzed, but I’ve seen the one he left our mother and it looks like his handwriting and word choices.

    We grew up in Columbia Missouri and he was attending the University as an art student.

    My thoughts on why he left was that he was supposed to graduate in December of 2002, but at the last moment was notified that he still had some credits to complete before he would be able to graduate.

    Since family had already made plans to come to his graduation, I feel he could have been embarrassed that he was going to have to tell everyone his graduation wasn’t going to happen yet.

    In the letters to our mom and dad he told them not to worry and that he would contact everyone when he was ready.

    Since he left Columbia we have been able to confirm with the Chicago Art Institute that he was a student there for some time, and there was also an address in New York City that was connected to him a few years ago.

    Other than that, he has still not contacted us since he left in 2002.

    We’re hopeful that he is alive and well, just opting to remain on his own, secluded from the family for some reason.

    He always had a loner/’I do my own thing’ characteristic to his personality, but not contacting us for so many years is a bit strange, even for his personality.

    • Daniela January 19, 2021 / 12:28 pm

      Hola Mack mi nombre es Daniela en Monterrey nuevo León México ay una persona igual que con las mismas características solo que en estado de calle podrías comunicarte conmigo busca su familia y no recuerda nada

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