Nearly one-third of the people in the United States who have been reported missing are African-Americans, although Blacks are only about 12 percent of the nation’s population, according to Wonya Lucas, president and CEO of TV One in a network press release.

To improve the media coverage about Blacks who are missing, the network is launching a new 10-episode television series beginning 10 p.m. Jan. 18.

With award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson—known for her 16-year portrayal of New York Police Department Detective Lt. Anita Van Buren—as host, TV One’s Find Our Missing will feature, in each episode, the stories of two missing persons of color.

The show will tell, in the words of the people who knew them best and loved them the most, the stories of the missing.

Using social media and an Internet tie-in, the show is designed to generate information that could lead to finding the missing.

The first show will highlight two people who disappeared in 2009:Pamela Butler, 47, who disappeared from her Washington, D.C. home without a trace and Hasanni Campbell, 5, who vanished when he was left alone in the car for only a moment outside a shoe store in Oakland, Calif..

“Though these victims may be gone, through this show we want to say they are no longer forgotten,” said Merkerson in the press release. “I am honored to host Find Our Missing and hope that my participation not only can help shine the spotlight on the plight of missing people of color, but that we can help uncover some answers and ultimately find justice for the sake of those missing and their families and friends.”

For more information or to share information, please visit