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Diamond Bynum, 21, and King Walker, 2, of the 500 block of Matthews Street, were last seen July 25, 2015 at the Gary residence.

Bynum, 21 at the time and described as developmentally disabled, and her nephew went missing July 25, 2015, from their home in the 500 block of Matthews Street.

Bynum's stepmother told Gary police she, Bynum and King took a nap at their home. When she awoke about 11 a.m., Bynum and King were gone. 

Live PD, a national television show on the A&E network, highlighted the case on July 14, with hopes of generating tips, according to a news release from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The last time Indiana State Police followed up on a tip in the case was June 2017, according to authorities as of May.

In the week after the pair's disappearance, Gary police led several days of searches with assistance from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's District 1 Task Force.

Police next turned their attention to sex offenders living around the Bynums' home in Gary's Brunswick neighborhood, and at one time authorities said they were looking to question a person of interest.

Family and friends continued the searches while working from a command center in the 300 block of 21st Avenue.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children helped print and distribute fliers. Pictures of Diamond Bynum and King appeared on several billboards.

Indiana State Police on Sept. 2, 2015, issued a Silver Alert for Diamond Bynum at the urging of family, who stressed she has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old and is unable to care for her young nephew.

King at the time only knew a few words and didn’t speak in complete sentences.

The Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force agreed to assist in the investigation in October 2016 and submitted several items to the Indiana State Police crime lab, interviewed and re-interviewed people, re-canvassed several areas using K-9s and executed at least one search warrant.

The family has since moved out of the home on Matthews Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call Indiana State Police Detective Chris Campione at 219-696-6242.

Anyone with tips can also call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or the Gary Police Department at 219-881-1260.

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.