- Posted February 26, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Nancy Grace: America's Missing
What REALLY Happened to Missing Chioma Gray?
Chioma Gray has turned 18 years old. However, chances are she won’t be celebrating with her family and friends in Ventura, CA, but, most likely, somewhere in Mexico.
On December 13, 2007, school surveillance cameras show a young man, 20 year old, Andrew Tafoya, arriving at Buena High School soon after Chioma was dropped off by her father. Andrew Tafoya had been released from jail the day before on charges of unlawful sex with a minor. That minor was Chioma Gray, who was 14 at the time of the incident. It’s reported that Tafoya arrived in a stolen car and authorities believe that Chioma left with Tafoya willingly. FBI has charged Tafoya with child stealing, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and auto theft.
The family, especially her mother, Francine Black, do not feel that Chioma willingly left the country with Tafoya, who had mentioned to others that he had a desire to take her to Mexico. Cameras at the Mexican border show the license tag of the stolen car Tafoya and Gray were in crossing the border.
Chioma Gray was an excellent student with a 4.0 grade average, getting ready to graduate high school when she went off with Tafoya. Her mother disagrees with the police, and feels that she did not go with Tafoya willingly, as they have expressed. Black has not been interviewed by police nor FBI, other than to be told that her daughter is dead. Even if that’s true, she would not stop looking for her, dead or alive, and deserves to have answers as to her daughter’s whereabouts.
Franicine Black is now getting help from former assistant police chief of Oxnard Chuck Hookstra. They established an anonymous tip line. That number is (805) 844-5045. The number is not associated with law enforcement.
It’s easy to speculate about what may have happened, and there could be any number of scenarios, but without a doubt there are tons of unanswered questions about the disappearance of Chioma Gray.
Many online sites are uniting to bring information to the public about Chioma’s vanishing. Please gather with them, let’s all help bring attention to this case that may grow cold if we don’t. We must not let that happen.
For more information on Chioma, join her Facebook page [here]. Take part in an awareness campaign along with Peas In Their Pods . Please do what you can to spread the word that Chioma needs to come home.
Date of Birth: April 27, 1992 Place of Birth:
Sex: Female Hair: Black
Height: 5’4″ Eyes: Brown
Weight: 115 pounds Race: Black
Chioma Gray has not been seen since December 13, 2007. She is believed to have been taken from her high school in Ventura, California, and driven to Mexico by fugitive Andrew Tafoya. The two may be travelling in a stolen, white 2008 Acura TSX with California license plate 6AXX928.
It is believed that Tafoya took Gray across the border into Mexico on December 13, 2007. An arrest warrant was issued for Tafoya by the Ventura County Superior Court on December 14, 2007, after he was charged with child stealing, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and car theft. On December 31, 2007, Tafoya was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and a federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court in Los Angeles.
Individuals with information concerning this case should take no action themselves, but instead immediately contact the nearest FBI Office or local law enforcement agency. For any possible sighting outside the United States, contact the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate.
Reports that information collected supports that Chioma Gray is alive and possibly being helped by the family of her abductor, Andrew Tafoya. It’s alleged that the couple was, and may still be, living in Mexico. Lawsuits against the family have been filed in an attempt to locate Chioma and reunite her with her family.
Peas In Their Pods Radio will be discussing the case of missing Chioma Gray with her mother, Francine Black, on Sunday, February 27 at 8pm ET:
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Peas in their Pods Website: http://peasintheirpods.com