Lloyd Gaines Case May Be Reopened

1 decade 2 years 11 months ago Saturday, March 03 2007 Mar 3, 2007 Saturday, March 03, 2007 5:16:23 PM CST March 03, 2007 in News
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COLUMBIA (AP) - The NAACP wants federal authorities to consider reopening the case of a man who went missing nearly 70 years ago. Lloyd Gaines vanished in 1939, shortly after winning a legal fight to become the first black man admitted to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said yesterday that it has asked the FBI to try to determine what happened to Gaines. Angela Ciccolo, the association's deputy general counsel, says many fear that Gaines was the victim of foul play. FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza says the bureau would consider investigating the Gaines case despite it being pre-civil rights. The FBI has previously said it would look at cold cases from the civil rights era - defined as between 1952 and 1968.

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