Updated Monday, March 13, 2017, 11:30 a.m. EDT: The Baltimore Police Department has reported that Kennedi High, an autistic 16-year-old girl who went missing last week, has been located and is being reunited with her family.
On Sunday the Baltimore Police Department enlisted the public’s help in the desperate search for an autistic 16-year-old girl who went missing after being dismissed from Western High School last week.
Kennedi High, a 10th-grader from Northeast Baltimore, was last seen March 8 at dismissal at her school. The police have currently not determined if she boarded her normal Maryland Transit Administration bus or got a ride, police spokesperson T.J. Smith said at a news conference, according to the Baltimore Sun.
“She does not have a sense of discernment like you and I, and I don’t think she believes she’s in danger, but she really is,” Kennedi’s mother, Brandi Stallings, said at the press conference. “Whoever has her, I kindly ask that you please, please bring her back home, drop her off at a police station, just put her somewhere safe.”
Smith said that the teen’s disappearance has raised eyebrows in the Special Investigations Division, since Kennedi is not known for going missing for any extended period of time, “and certainly not overnight without having any type of contact with her mother.”
Her mother said that prior to her disappearance, the teen had been acting normally and that no issues had come up at home that could have prompted her to run away.
Police did search Edgecomb Park, which is about 2 miles away from Kennedi’s school, but didn’t find her.
Some in social media have pulled up Snapchats that have allegedly been sent from Kennedi’s account, saying that somehow the teen is in Mountain View, Calif., Smith said. Baltimore police reached out to the Mountain View Police Department, which investigated the angle and eventually debunked it.
Kennedi does not have a phone, Smith said, and airline representatives have no records of her boarding a plane.
“We think local is more likely,” Smith added.