As the summer of 2021 came to an end and the fall began, we saw the internet come together to try and locate missing 22 year old Gabby Petito. From true crime podcasters to video gaming dad’s with a proclivity to finding hidden details in surveillance footage, we saw a massive nationwide fixation to help bring Gabby home. We also saw anger from the underserved families of missing people of color. What about MY child? What about MY sister? What about MY mom? There are thousands of missing people of color who are “lucky” to get a brief mention on the nightly news - it isn’t until families take it upon themselves, begging for attention from anyone with a platform, that they seem to be heard. Today we’re sharing the case of missing mother of four Graciela Garcia, a case I hadn’t heard about until her daughter reached out, one that hasn’t garnered much media attention at all, and one that seems like it should solved by now.
The family of Graciela Garcia is currently trying to raise money to obtain a lawyer and a private investigator to help locate her. Please consider donating to their GoFundMe if you can: Missing Gracie Garcia from Hermiston OR
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