Searches are far more urgent for missing women when they are white

A report on Insider shares that over 710 indigenous women have gone missing in the same area as Gabbie Petito over the last 10 years. There is apparently a disparity in the effort, the resources, and press coverage that ties directly to the ethnicity of the missing.


The disappearance of Gabby Petito launched a social media frenzy and nonstop media coverage since she was reported missing, possibly from the state of Wyoming, where she and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie were said to be visiting Grand Teton National Park.

But hundreds of cases of Indigenous people reported missing in the exact same state over the past decade have not been met with the same furor.

At least 710 Indigenous people, mostly girls, went missing in Wyoming from 2011 to 2020, according to a January report published by the state's Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Task Force. The vast majority, 85%, were kids, while 57% were female.

I am pretty sure this holds true across the nation.