Diamond Bynum

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Above Images: Bynum, circa 2015

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 25, 2015 from Gary, Indiana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 18, 1994
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'8, 210 - 238 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Bynum walks with a pronounced limp. She had gold highlights in her hair at the time of her disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white top and blue jeans.
  • Medical Conditions: Bynum has Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic condition with symptoms including mental disability, short stature, and a constant feeling of hunger. Bynum has the mental capacity of a five- to seven-year-old and it's difficult for her to communicate with others. Her family understands her, however, and she knows her father's phone number. She needs medication which she doesn't have with her; when she doesn't take it she develops behavior problems and may become a danger to herself.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Bynum and her nephew, King Walker, disappeared from Gary, Indiana on July 25, 2015. Bynum lived with her father and stepmother; King lived with his mother and visited his grandparents and aunt every weekend. They were last seen at Bynum's home in the 500 block of Matthews Street at approximately 10:20 a.m., when Bynum's stepmother took a nap. When she woke up at 11:00 a.m., her daughter and grandson were gone. It's believed they walked away from the residence, possibly to go to a local store. Bynum's family had moved to Gary from Hammond, Indiana in February 2015 and Bynum was still unfamiliar with the area; it's possible she and King became lost. Her family stated it's uncharacteristic of her to go more than a few blocks from home.

    There were reported sightings of the pair in Gary, Hammond and Chicago after their disappearances, but none have been confirmed. Their family hopes they're still alive. Their cases remain unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Gary Police Department
    219-881-1260

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    CBS Chicago
    The Northwest Indiana Times
    The Chicago Tribune
    NBC News
    Facebook Page for Diamond Bynum and King Walker

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 13, 2016; casefile added.

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