A 2-year-old boy and his mentally disabled aunt disappear from home
Diamond's Family Moves to Gary, Indiana.
Diamond and King's families move to Gary from Hammond Indiana. Because of Diamond's developmental disability and King's age, they have a difficult time learning and adjusting to the new neighborhoods.
Early Morning: King is Dropped off at Diamond's House
King is dropped off at Diamond's father's house so he could spend the day with Suzanne and Diamond while his mother attended a class in Chicago. The following day, the family was planning on celebrating Eugine Bynum Jr.'s birthday together, and everyone would be together.
Family Member Of Victim
10:20am: Diamond's Stepmother Takes a Nap
Diamond's stepmother, Susanne Bynum, takes a short 40-minute nap.
11:00am: Diamond's Stepmother Wakes Up, House is Empty
Susanne wakes up at 11:00 a.m. and finds that Diamond and King are gone. She believes they walked outside and away from the residence, as they have in the past. She searches briefly.
Afternoon: Suzanne Calls Eugine Bynum Jr. and the Police
Soon after not being able to find Diamond or King, Suzanne calls her husband and Diamond's father, Eugine Bynum Jr. to come home. He does and the pair continue to look while Suzanne calls the police and reports the pair as missing.
Afternoon: Police Search Door-to-Door
Police started their search by going door-to-door on the streets surrounding the Bynum’s home. Flyers were handed out with descriptions of Diamond and King, and residents were interviewed.
Afternoon: Sighting at local McDonald's
Employees at a nearby McDonald’s are the first to report a positive sighting of Diamond and King — but the two are seen there before they had been officially reported missing, so the employees had simply given them the food they ordered and didn't take note of where or when they left. The employees are also adamant that Diamond and Walker were there together and that there wasn't anyone else with them.
Abandoned Buildings are Searched
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security assisted the Gary Police Department in searching abandoned buildings closest to the home residence. The city was experiencing a heatwave at the time, and it was possible that Diamond and King, unable to find their way home, had sought shelter somewhere out of the sun. One by one, from July 29 through July 31, each building in a 24-block radius was thoroughly searched by investigators and K9 units — but there were no signs of Diamond or King.
K9 Units Lost Their Scent
Bloodhounds were used for over two hours looking around the area. The trail led them to a neighborhood gas station where the scent was lost, and also to this Clark Road location where the scent was also lost.
Railroad Tracks Where the K9 Units Lost their Scent
K9 Units Lost their Scent, Again
Bloodhounds were used for over two hours looking around the area. The trail led them to the Clark Road Location where the scent was lost, as well as this neighborhood gas station where the scent was lost again.
Gary Food Mart & Deli
Unconfirmed Sighting at Bus Stop
Almost a week after they went missing, police share that witnesses noted that they may have seen Diamond asking people for food at a bus stop near the house. Someone at the bus stop may have given her $50 at the time, but the police have not released other details about the report. Moreover, it's noted that King was not mentioned in this apparent sighting.
Searches Called Off
Gary police say they're calling off organized law enforcement searchers after nine days. Lt. Thomas Pawlak told reporters, "The resources have dried up."
Unconfirmed Sighting at White Castle
Witnesses come forward and allege that they saw both Diamond and King in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago Illinois, just 22 miles from the neighborhood of Gary. There, they said Diamond and King were eating at White Castle. This sighting places the pair with an unknown woman, not further described to the public.
Someone who possibly knows more
Unconfirmed Sighting at Checkers
Witnesses come forward and allege that they saw both Diamond and King in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago Illinois, just 22 miles from the neighborhood of Gary. There, they said Diamond and King were eating at Checkers. This sighting places the pair with an unknown woman, not further described to the public.
Checkers Fast Food
In the middle of August, Gary Police named a person of interest in the case, a 34-year-old local registered male sex offender who was not named. It took police a couple of weeks to locate and interview the man, but they eventually said he was no longer a suspect.
Silver Alert is Issued
After nearly 6 weeks of both Diamond and King being missing, police issue a regional Silver Alert considering no AMBER alert was ever issued.
Re-Investigating the Case
The Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force announces that they were going to take another look at the disappearance of Diamond and King. The task force spends a week at the Gary Police Department’s headquarters, where the team combs through all the files on Diamond and King's case. In addition to re-interviewing people in the neighborhood and conducting searches with K9 units, they also submit several items to the Indiana State Police crime lab for further testing. Unfortunately, nothing noteworthy came of these new leads.
Local Sex Offenders Investigated
Due to popular theories, law enforcement officers investigate local sex offenders in the neighborhood. They come up with a person in particular that is deemed a "person of interest" from their databases, a 34-year-old local man, but nothing public comes of this profile.
Person of Interest / Suspect
Age Progression for King Released
On the 4 year anniversary of King and Diamond's disappearance, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shared an age-progressed image of what King would look like as a 6-year-old boy.
Eugine Bynum Jr.'s Facebook Account Hacked
Following another anniversary of King and Diamond's disappearances, Eugine's Facebook is reportedly hacked, and the assailant is responsible for posting a fake confession taking responsibility for their disappearances.
Where Diamond resided.