Black History Month: Jaquilla Scales

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 Jaquilla Evonne Scales, a four-year-old girl who disappeared from her family’s Wichita, Kansas home during the early morning hours of September 5, 2001.

There hasn’t been a great deal of press about Jaquilla’s disappearance. It doesn’t help that she was born to a teen mother in a poor African-American family, but I think whatever media attention her disappearance would have gotten was eclipsed by the terrorist attack on September 11.

I was fifteen years old, and I was on vacation in New England when 9-11 happened. I remember, flying home just a few days later (my mom and I had the plane practically to ourselves), hoping to find out more about Jaquilla’s case when I got home. I never did find out much.

It’s entirely possible that she was abducted — there were no signs of forced entry, but there was a door to the house that didn’t lock. I wish there had been more media attention when she disappeared; she might have been recovered if there had been.

Cody Haynes and Jacquilla Scales

Richard “Cody” Haynes disappeared seven years ago tomorrow. I found this anniversary article about it. There hasn’t been anything in the news about him for a long time. He would be 18 years old today, if he is still alive, but I think he’s dead, and I think he was perhaps even before he was reported missing, and I think I know who did it to him.

Meanwhile, four-year-old Jaquilla Scales disappeared ten years ago on September 4. (I remember making note of her disappearance before I went away on vacation.) Whatever media attention she might have gotten was eclipsed by September 11. I found this feature about her here. It’s pretty good, with several attached PDFs.