Maylin Reynoso was a 20-year-old Dominican woman from the Bronx who disappeared and was later found dead in the Harlem River. Her passing was tragic, and so is the media's silence around it.
Reynoso, who was last seen leaving her job at a gas station on July 27 and was found deceased on July 30, hasn’t made headlines, unlike the recent murders of white female joggers Karina Vetrano and Vanessa Marcotte.
For many, the lack of media attention around the young Latina’s loss is yet another example of the ways in which the disappearances and deaths of women of color are treated by news outlets. It’s another reminder that lives of color are considered less important than those who die white.
Unlike Vetrano and Marcotte, whose passings were characterized as homicides, the medical examiner for Reynoso’s case says her cause of death is still pending, leading some to believe, as many do when bodies of color are found lifeless, that her loss of life wasn't an act of violent execution but rather prompted by activity she was involved in. Others believe Reynoso, who lived with depression and bipolar disorder, might have committed suicide.
The young woman’s family and friends, however, aren’t convinced by either plot.
— Careese Gordon (@CareeseG) August 10, 2016
Why is it when a young black woman or a young latina goes missing, their first thought is that 'they ran away' #MaylinReynoso
— alexia (@imnotaIexia) August 18, 2016
— the lifted lorax (@briannaajoellee) August 22, 2016
Reynoso’s loved ones are rightfully upset at mainstream news outlets for ignoring her death while offering around-the-clock updates on the killings of Vetrano and Marcotte. Till this day, it remains difficult finding reports on Reynoso’s death, with just a handful of articles from Latino publications highlighting the lack of coverage and no leading news outlets providing any.
The late dominicana’s family and friends are also angry with law enforcement for the way they have been treating the case. While Reynoso’s body was found three days after her disappearance, her family wasn’t alerted until a week later.
“For Maylin there was no amber alert, no outcry for her search and rescue and she was missing a week,” Katelynn Mauro wrote for The Odyssey Online, highlighting the discrepancy between the way her case was treated and others like Vetrano or Marcotte.
Reynoso’s family is currently raising money for the young woman's funeral arrangements. Together, they, friends and disappointed members of her Bronx community are determined to make her story known, using social media to tell the news that mainstream media won't.