It’s been more than two weeks since Diamond Bynum and her nephew King Walker went missing from Gary, Indiana, but their family remains cautiously hopeful the pair will be found safe.
“I can’t lie, it’s been really hard,” Eugene Bynum, Jr., Diamond’s father and King’s grandfather, told Dateline NBC. “We’re hopeful that we’ll find them, but so much time as passed. It puts our whole family on edge.”
Diamond and King were last seen on Saturday, July 25. Diamond, King and Eugene's wife reportedly took a nap that afternoon. But when she awoke, the two were gone. The family had recently moved to Gary. At their old home, Diamond was able to go on walks around their neighborhood because she knew the area. Now the family fears Diamond may have taken King on a walk and then became lost.
Another worry, according to the Bynum family, is that Diamond is mentally challenged and has been without her medication. “Her medication is very serious. She needs it to function correctly and without it, it can really affect her moods and thinking,” said Eugene.
King visits his grandparents and aunt Diamond every weekend, while his mom commutes to Chicago to attend beautician classes. “Diamond loves when King comes over. They are really close. She’s very protective of him,” Eugene says.
Search crews from multiple police departments have been aiding in the search that’s now expanded outside of Gary into Hammond and other nearby towns. Police have reportedly been searching abandoned buildings and homes, focusing on the west side of the city.
There have also been several reported sightings of the two – eating a week ago at a nearby McDonalds, at a bus station in nearby Hammond asking for money – but none has been confirmed, police say.
Although information is scare, the community has seemed to come out in full force to offer whatever aid they can. A Facebook group created last week, ‘Help Find Diamond Bynum & King Walker’, has garnered nearly 3,500 members, many posting asking how to help and where they can meet up to search.
“The community has been amazing and we just want help finding our family members,” said Eugene. “We want people to know how much we love and miss them and that we really need them home. And if Diamond sees this, to just call her dad. She knows my number by heart. We won’t be mad. We just want you home.”
Diamond Bynum is described as 4’8” tall, weighing 230 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, and was possibly last seen wearing a white t-shirt and purple pants. King Walker is described as 3’ tall, weighing about 35 pounds, with black, dreadlocked hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and red shorts.
If you have any information that can help bring Diamond and King home safely, please contact the Gary Police Department at (219) 881-1260.