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September 27, 2013

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Number of recent runaways high but not unusual, agency says

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — And recently, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said it will start releasing “missing person/attempt to locate” alerts for a child who leaves Wyndham Lawn without permission.

The five teenage girls were among the first to be reported runaways by the Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier this month, three of them were announced to have left Wyndham Lawn. Montasia Trotter, 17, is a black female with black hair and brown eyes. She is listed at 5-foot-3 inches and 148 pounds. Trotter was last seen wearing khaki pants and a navy blue sweatshirt.

Odalys C. Perez, 16, is a black female with black hair and brown eyes. She is listed at 5-foot-4-inches and 180 pounds. Perez was last seen wearing skinny jeans, a navy blue Buffalo Sabres hooded sweatshirt, socks and sandals.

Rahnia C. Harper, 16, is a black female with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, black shirt and gray boots.

Deputies said all three were last seen at about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 13 on Old Niagara Road, heading toward the City of Lockport. They all have connections in Erie County.

A couple of days before that, Wilisha Walker, 16, was reported missing and a warrant was released out of Erie County Family Court for Kayla Walker, 17. Kayla is described as a black female, 5-foot 4-inches, 110 pounds, black hair and brown eyes, last seen wearing a red Adidas shirt, black leggings, a blue sweatshirt and white canvas sneakers.

Wilisha is described as a black girl, standing 5-foot-1 and weighing 113 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, black leggings, black boots, a baby blue T-shirt and a brown or tan purse.

No suspicious or dangerous circumstances are suspected, the office said.

Gallagher said New Directions recognizes the risks faced by any teen who is out alone and unsupervised in the community, for even a brief period of time. So, the agency greatly appreciates the Sheriff’s Office’s efforts to keep the kids safe, he said. And the reports are helpful, Gallagher added.

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