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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

No FBI cold-case inquiry for missing civil rights pioneer

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No FBI cold-case inquiry for missing civil rights pioneer

( KTRS ) Descendants of a man who vanished after winning a historic legal fight to become the first black student at the University of Missouri’s law school had hoped an FBI cold-case initiative focusing on possible racially motivated deaths from the civil rights era would unearth clues about his disappearance. But federal records and […]

No FBI cold-case inquiry for missing civil rights pioneer

( KTRS ) Descendants of a man who vanished after winning a historic legal fight to become the first black student at the University of Missouri’s law school had hoped an FBI cold-case initiative focusing on possible racially motivated deaths from the civil rights era would unearth clues about his disappearance.

But federal records and subsequent interviews show that Lloyd Gaines’ disappearance in 1939 was not among the more than 110 cases reviewed between 2006 and at least 2013 under a Department of Justice initiative and the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act.

It’s a pattern familiar to Gaines’ family – the FBI twice declined requests in 1940 and 1970 to help find Gaines, who was 28 and last seen leaving a Chicago boardinghouse.

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