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MD GARNELL MOORE: Missing from Baltimore, MD - August 2002 - Age 7

Discussion in 'Missing 2000 to 2009' started by Scorpio, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Details of Disappearance:

    Garnell was residing in Baltimore, Maryland with his aunt, Belinda Cash, when he was last seen sometime during August 2002. One of his great-aunts, Trina Morton, who was nine months pregnant at the time, recalls seeing him playing outside Cash's home. Morton made arrangments for Garnell to visit her the next weekend, but she went into labor and could not see him. About a week later, Morton asked Cash if she could reschedule Garnell's visit, but Cash told her it was an inconvenient time, as she was in the process of moving. Garnell has not been heard from since.
    Garnell's parents never raised him; his mother is in prison and his father leads a transient lifestyle. He spent his earliest years with his paternal relatives in the 3700 block of Harlem Avenue on the west side of Baltimore. Cash, who is childless, took Garnell into her home when he was six years old. It was an informal arrangement and she never had legal custody of him. He was never enrolled in any school and never came in contact with any social service agencies. His relatives did not realize Garnell had disappeared until June 2005, at which time they located Cash and asked where he was. Initially Cash said he was away on a school field trip to Virginia, but school was not in session at the time and in any case, Garnell was not an enrolled student.

    Garnell's family contacted police, who interviewed Cash. She stated she had no longer wanted to care for Garnell and so left him on the steps of a social services building in the 500 block of north Hilton Street near Edmondson Avenue in West Baltimore. In their investigation into Garnell's disappearance, authorities discovered the address Cash gave is fictitious. Authorities searched the residence where she lived in 2002, to see if Garnell had been left behind there, but they found no evidence as to his whereabouts. She has no known history of child abuse, and no significant criminal record.

    The circumstances surrounding Garnell's disappearance are extremely murky. Investigators do not necessarily believe he came to harm, but they are concerned for his safety and would like to verify his well-being.


    Investigating Agency
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    Baltimore Police Department


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    The child who simply `vanished'

    Family, police search for clues to find Garnell Moore, who has not been seen in years

    February 04, 2007|By Julie Bykowicz

    The only current photo of the boy is not even of him. It's an age-progressed digital image of what Garnell Moore might look like now.

    Garnell hasn't been seen in at least four years, since he was about 7. In the eyes of the Baltimore police detectives who investigated 298 missing-persons cases last year, he is the one person who has "completely vanished."
    Even when relatives knew where he was, Garnell was barely under anyone's care. His parents fell out of his life early. The aunt who became his default guardian never enrolled him in school, and he never came to the attention of any child welfare agency.

    Garnell appeared to hardly register on anyone's radar until he didn't register at all. His aunt, Belinda Cash, later told police that in the summer of 2005 she could not care for him anymore and left him on the steps of a social services building in West Baltimore. Some in Garnell's family don't believe that story. Last year, they called police.

    What's clear is that the adult world failed Garnell.

    "How can we have a society that doesn't know where a kid is for four years?" asks Susan Leviton, who has worked on children's issues for 30 years and runs the University of Maryland Children's Law Clinic.

    "To think that a kid could spend all those years with no one knowing he's not going to school - it's just so sad. It's like a kid with no one."
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    This breaks my heart! Such a precious little guy! :tears:
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  5. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    It's definitely one of these saddest cases I've come across.
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    It is difficult to find a person who was almost invisible to begin with. The words “slipped between the cracks” don’t seem adequate to describe Garnell Moore’s situation–his family, the school system, child services, everyone who is supposed to ensure the well-being of a child seems to have been MIA. It seems hard to believe that something like this can happen in the United States of America, the richest country on Earth, in the 21st century. But it did.

    The case of Garnell Moore is nothing less than an indictment of our society where disadvantaged children are concerned. When a child disappears in America, there needs to be immediate action. There need to be family members calling press conferences and law enforcement out there beating the bushes looking for them. None of this happened in Garnell Moore’s case. Now he’s been gone 11 years, more than a decade. I’m not confident this case will ever be solved. A little boy who no one seemed to pay attention to when he was around seems, sadly, to inspire the same sort of indifference now that he is not.

    All missing persons cases are sad, but this one is particularly so.
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