updated: 07/01/2003 10:27 AM

An activist and comic book creator - working to bring attention to cases of missing black children - said Monday he will include in his work a severely disabled, 9-year-old boy who vanished.

Alonzo Washington, of Kansas City, plans to highlight Christian Ferguson, a missing St. Louis-area boy, on his Web site and in his work. He said cases involving minority children do not receive the same type of widespread publicity as cases involving white children.

"There's nothing new to report, and God knows I wish there was," said Don Wilson, Christian's second cousin.

He said volunteers have begun working at night, after work, and he said there's a core group of six to eight people looking for some sign of Christian.

He said he felt police were doing everything they could to resolve the case. St. Louis police spokesman Richard Wilkes said the department had no new developments.

Washington came to St. Louis on Monday to talk about the $5 comic book and free trading cards he's distributing to spread the word about missing black children.

In his comic book, superhero Omega Man stands among illustrations of missing children. On trading cards, he offers children tips on how to stay safe. He sells his work in stores and online.

The father of seven children, Washington, 35, began creating comics 10 years ago. He started working two years ago to profile missing black boys and girls.