As a little girl, my mother’s parents lived on the other side of the country so I didn’t get to see them as often as we liked. My grandfather didn’t want to visit California because he was certain that an earthquake was going to cause the entire state to break off and become its own island, but my grandmother had no problem hopping a plane for short, yet sweet, vacations. Sometimes my mom would make it a Vegas trip because Granny loved her penny and nickel slots. I’d be in our Hilton hotel room with my mom watching movies, waiting up late for my grandmother who would make her way back at all hours. Her fingers were dirty from the coins and she would look exhausted from patrolling the casinos trying to win big. We still have family videos of those times as Granny was laid across one of the hotel room beds waiting to catch her second wind. At certain hours, if you were to take a stroll through the casino floor, all you could see were elderly people with glazed over eyes, staring at computerized screens, off in their own worlds.

That is why this story of Floreanne Mayfield touched my heart.

On November 20, 2016, Floreanne visited the Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kansas. Around 1:30 a.m., the 70-year-old left the casino and was seen heading south on Hollywood Casino Blvd. on foot. She was captured by the casino surveillance cameras exiting the premises. Floreanne has Alzheimer’s disease and police think she may have become confused and gotten a ride from someone at some point during her walk.


Almost two years later, no one has seen or heard from Floreanne. A Silver Alert (similar to an Amber Alert) was issued when she went missing. Investigators have attempted to gather information, but there weren’t any substantial leads.

I wonder if there were any street or security cameras that may have captured when and where Floreanne went missing?


She is described as approximately 5’5″ and 130 pounds. Floreanne’s hair is black and grey and she has brown eyes. She has a small knot on her upper back. She was last seen wearing a tan-colored jacket, a white shirt, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes. Her nickname is “Lee.”

If you have any information regarding Floreanne’s disappearance or happen to have been in the area of the Hollywood Casino and remember seeing or hearing anything unusual, you are urged to contact the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department at 913-596-3000.

Please share this story about the disappearance of Floreanne Mayfield to continue the discussion concerning her missing person case. She is our sister and her life matters.

Journalist. Activist. Abolitionist. Storyteller. Insta: @EarthToErikaMarie | Twitter: @OurBlackGirls

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