Virginia Mother ‘Praying With My Heart and Soul’ That HBO’s “Black and Missing” Series Will Help Find Her Daughter Five Years After Disappearance

Toni and Keeshae Jacobs

A Richmond mother has been searching for her missing daughter, Keeshae Jacobs, for five years now with little to no cracks in the case. She’s now featured in a new docuseries that focuses on cases that may not have initially grabbed national headlines.

It’s been five long years for Toni Jacobs, but she hasn’t given up hope that her daughter will return home. Jacobs spends a lot of time blasting her daughter’s picture online, connecting with missing persons foundations, and handing out flyers, but there have still been no signs of her daughter.

Jacobs says having a child that’s missing is difficult enough, but add racial bias and it’s even worse. A new HBO docuseries called ‘Black and Missing’ is trying to raise awareness about disparities in missing persons cases.

The four-part series highlights the work of the ‘Black and Missing Foundation’ and their commitment to find missing people of color. The foundation reports that African Americans remain missing four times longer than White Americans.

‘Black and Missing’ debuts on Tuesday, Nov. 23, and part one features a familiar face in the Richmond community, Tony Jacobs and her missing daughter Keeshae. Jacobs says she was referred to the foundation who wanted to help shared her story. The production for this series started a few years ago, however the pandemic put a wrench in production in 2020.

“I’m still praying,” Jacobs said. “Everyday I pray, every night I pray.”

Jacobs is praying that one-day Keeshae will walk through the door again. Keeshae was 21-years-old when she vanished near Chimbarrazo Park in the city’s East End. She told a family member she would see them the next day, but never returned. Her disappearance didn’t make national headlines five years ago and since then there have been no arrests and no sightings.

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SOURCE: WRIC, Talya Cunningham