Women and girls go missing every day.
But while every missing person deserves attention, the media gives certain cases of missing women and girls disproportionate coverage, particularly those of white women and people from more privileged backgrounds. A 2016 Northwestern University School of Law study found disparities in how the media covers missing white women and missing women of color.
You may have already heard about Jennifer Dulos, the Connecticut mother of five who went missing from her New Canaan house in May. Her husband and his girlfriend were arrested in connection with her disappearance and compared her case to Gone Girl (which the author of the book condemned). But it's not likely that you've heard of 27-year-old Myriam Camarillo, pictured, or the other women and girls we included in this story.
Ahead, we've highlighted the cases of women and girls who went missing in 2019 you may not have heard of.
We will continue to update this story.
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Update: On July 13, 2019, Laredo, TX, police confirmed they have found Myriam Camarillo's body and that a suspect is under arrest. Joseph Steven Carrizales, 26, reportedly accompanied her to the residence where her body was found and identified. He is charged with tampering and fabricating physical evidence. Her cause of death has not yet been determined.
"On behalf of the Laredo Police Department, I want to extend my sincerest condolences to Myriam's family and friends. I want to thank the community of Laredo for their overwhelming support in aiding in our investigation, which still continues," LPD Chief Claudio Treviño Jr. said in a statement.
Camarillo, 27, was last seen on July 7, 2019, around 2 a.m., at a downtown bar in Laredo. Surveillance cameras caught her leaving with a man, whom Laredo police soon identified.
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Hannah Pickette, 27, went missing in Memphis after an argument with her boyfriend, Fox 13 reported on July 12, 2019. Police said she had bipolar disorder and was "under the influence," and refused to go to Lakeside Behavioral Health System. She's described as 5'6'' and around 200 pounds. If you have any information, you can call the Memphis Police Department at 901-528-CASH.
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Melissa Estrella Vasquez-Gonzalez
Melissa Estrella Vasquez-Gonzalez, 14, was last seen in her New Holstein, WI-area home on July 7, 2019. She was reportedly in the passenger's seat of a red car that drove away from the home. The Calumet County Sheriff's Office has released a photo of two men with whom authorities say Melissa may be. She's described as 5'2'' and around 140 pounds. If you have any information, you can contact the Calumet County Sheriff's Office at 920-849-2335.
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Jennifer Dulos, 50, went missing from her New Canaan, CT, home on May 24, 2019, after dropping off her five children at school. Fotis Dulos, her estranged husband, is the prime suspect in connection with her disappearance and maintains his innocence. In the two years since their separation, the two have engaged in a custody battle, according to NBC News. Jennifer Dulos has accused Fotis Dulos of "irrational, unsafe, bullying, threatening, and controlling behavior."
Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, who were both arrested for tampering with evidence in the case, together with their legal team, floated a "Gone Girl theory" in connection to her disappearance. In the Gillian Flynn novel and movie of the same name, a woman fakes her disappearance while the media focuses on her husband as the prime suspect. Flynn herself condemned the theory. "It absolutely sickens me that a work of fiction written by me would be used by Fotis Dulos' lawyer as a defense, and as a hypothetical, sensationalized motive behind Jennifer’s very real and very tragic disappearance," she said in a statement.
If you have any information, you can contact the New Canaan, CT, police tip line at 203-594-3544 or email FindJenniferDulos@newcanaanct.gov.
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Katelyn La Rue
Katelyn La Rue, 17, was last seen in San Diego on April 21, 2019. Authorities say they believe she may still be in San Diego. Her mother Crystal Vargas told Fox 5 San Diego that Katelyn left behind a note that reads: "Hey mom, you're probably thinking where am I right now, well, to put you at ease, I'm safe. I love you a lot and, yes, even though I am your daughter and you might hate me after this, or just get worried, just know I'm fine. I love you a lot and I’ll be back home soon. I'll keep in contact with you to let you know I'm safe. XOXO love Katelyn."
She's described as 5'4'' and around 150 pounds. If you have any information, you can contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800-843-5678 or San Diego police at 619-531-2000.
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Taylor Phillips, 25, was reported missing in May, according to the Levelland Police Department in Levelland, TX. She has not been heard from since February. "The police report indicated that Taylor was to inherit some money on her 25th birthday, which was in May, but did not claim it," according to local KLVT News. If you have any information, you can call Levelland police at 806-894-6164.
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Update: Detroit police located Mildred Brown, 60, on July 11, 2019. Brown, whose caregiver said she was concerned for her safety because of some mental health difficulties, had last been seen on July 7, 2019.