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Diamond Bynum and King Walker


On the evening of Friday, July 24th, 2015, Ariana Walker dropped off her two-year-old son, King Walker, at her father Eugene’s house in Gary, Indiana. This was a normal routine. Ariana attended school on Saturdays in Chicago, about 30 miles away. Every Friday night, she’d drop off King and pick him back up on Saturday after she finished her classes.


On Saturday morning, Eugene Bynum goes to work, Leaving King with his wife, Susanne, and his 21-year-old daughter Diamond Bynum. It’s important to know that Diamond has a medical condition that puts her at the mental capacity of about a 5- to 7-year-old according to her family. While Diamond loves being an aunt to King and playing with him, she just couldn’t quite care for him on her own and needed care herself.


Also, King wasn’t feeling well, so Susanne lays him down for a nap. Diamond and Susanne end up falling asleep as well. But when Susanne woke up about 40 minutes later, both Diamond and King were gone. Despite countless searches and sightings, as well as a named person of interest, they are still missing.


This is the disappearance of Diamond Bynum and King Walker.


Anyone with information about King Walker and Diamond Bynum, is urged to contact the Gary Police Department at 1-866-CRIME-GP, or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.




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