Search for missing teen sisters continues as FBI joins effort to find them

Francis Akhalbey August 11, 2023
15-year-old Tamara Perez and her sister Iris Perez, 14, were last seen around their adoptive parents' Prudenville, Michigan home on June 28 -- Photo via FBI

The FBI’s Detroit Field Office has joined the search for two teen sisters who have been missing since June, the agency announced. Per CNN, 15-year-old Tamara Perez and her sister Iris Perez, 14, disappeared from their adoptive parents’ home.

The last time the sisters were spotted was around their Prudenville, Michigan, home on June 28, the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office said. The FBI also said the missing sisters and their adoptive parents relocated to Michigan from Florida in March 2023.

Photos of a white Jeep Cherokee driving out of the location the teens were last spotted were shared by the sheriff’s department the day after they disappeared. The FBI also said Iris has a tattoo of a star on the left area of her neck. Officials said the locations the missing sisters have connections with include Port St. Lucie and Lake Worth, Florida, and Winchester, Tennessee.

Though Black people in the United States account for 14% of the country’s population, they constitute 31% of missing person reports, 2021 data from the FBI reveals, per CNN. White people, however, constitute 76% of the country’s population and account for 54% of missing person reports.

Black families also complain of usually experiencing challenges with regard to having police seriously look into their missing person reports. They say that missing person cases of White women and children are, however, largely prioritized and provided nationwide publicity. 

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: August 11, 2023


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