Critics claim ‘missing white woman syndrome’ has overshadowed these missing persons cases

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Thanks for contacting us. We've received your submission. Most disappearance cases involving people of color quickly fall off the national radar, if they ever even make it that far — a racist double standard considering the current Gabby Petito saga, critics claim. Petito, a year-old white woman from Long Island, disappeared out West in late August while trekking around with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, sparking a national manhunt and media frenzy. The pigtailed kindergartner, 5, vanished from a park in Bridgeton in Cumberland County, New Jersey, two years ago this month, likely snatched by a child predator, authorities have said. But while her case grabbed local headlines for awhile, publicity about the still-missing Hispanic child has tapered off, with the last bit of news — an age-progression poster released by officials last week — picked up by a few outlets. The case of the missing toddler in Kennewick, Wash.

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