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.

4 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.

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