Monday, August 5, 2019

The Disappearance of Bilial Hammette

Pictured left: Bilial Hammette after getting his GED in Beloit, Wisconsin, circa 2011.
The above image was taken during an exciting time in 18 year-old Bilial's life. After a rough couple of years, Bilial finally finished his GED program and was accepted into the Madison Media Institute, a college that offers degrees focused on music, entertainment, and media. Bilial was an aspiring rapper, and he planned to pursue a degree in music. But Bilial’s future was not always looking so bright—in fact, he was previously involved in many illegal endeavors which left him with criminal convictions for burglary, drug possession, and theft. Bilial was on parole during the summer of 2011, but both his friends and his family members stated that he was clean during this time and had finally turned his life around. Based on the fact that he had finished his GED and gotten accepted into college, it appeared that Bilial truly had taken on a different path. Due to this, Bilial’s loved ones were shocked when he seemingly vanished into thin air on August 6th, 2011.

On that day, Bilial’s mother last saw him at their home in Beloit. He told his family members that he was going fishing. An unidentified person in a black vehicle picked Bilial up at the home, and that was the last time he was ever seen. His mother thought it was his parole officer that picked him up, which is why she did not worry when Bilial did not return home that night. However, after days passed without any word from him, Bilial’s mother reported him missing on August 12th.

Bilial did not have a bank account or a cell phone at the time of his disappearance. This left police with very little to work with, and it is unclear if the person who picked Bilial up has ever been identified. Bilial’s family and friends maintain that he would not be out of touch for this long, and they are concerned for his safety. The Beloit Police Department is still investigating his case. If you have any information that could lead to Bilial’s whereabouts, please contact 608-364-6807.

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