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Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: Jan. 1, 2003
Missing Date: Mar 18, 2017
Age Now: 14
Missing City: Washington
Missing State: DC
Case Number: 17-044457
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: 4000 Block of 6th Street, SE around 9:30PM
Circumstances of Disappearance: Shaniah was listed among the young women in the erroneous social media post that 14 black and Latina girls had gone missing in D.C. over a 24 hour period.
The post set the Internet ablaze and led the Congressional Black Caucus to call for an FBI investigation. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has now promised more resources will be dedicated to the problem.
Shaniah Boyd is among the Black and Latina girls missing in Washington, D.C., police say.