APD: Missing 12-year-old girl found safe
Last updated at 11:41 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1
Tyleesha Inkster has been located and is safe, APD wrote in a late-morning press release.
Updated at 11:10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1
The Anchorage Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 12-year-old girl whose family has not seen or heard from her in more than a day.
APD Sgt. Roger Nelson said Tyleesha Inkster’s family reported her missing around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, approximately 24 hours after her disappearance. On Tuesday, Nelson said the girl was supposed to go to school and didn’t arrive, but Wednesday morning APD spokesperson Renee Oistad retracted that information and said police aren’t sure where she was headed.
She was last seen walking toward a wooded area by Boniface Parkway and 22nd Avenue, police wrote in a Wednesday morning update.
Oistad said Inkster’s disappearance isn’t considered suspicious and that the girl ran away from a foster home.
“Our biggest concern is her age and that she wasn’t dressed for the weather,” Oistad wrote in an email.
According to Nelson, Tyleesha’s family searched for her in the immediate hours following her disappearance, but were under the impression they had to wait 24 hours before they could file a missing person report with police. He stated there is no rule or regulation that says someone must be missing for a certain amount of time before it can be reported.
“The sooner, the better,” he said in a phone interview. “The important thing is to let people know that they don’t have to wait 24 hours to call us when it’s a juvenile, or even a missing adult. The sooner we know and can get on top of things and get the ball rolling on finding these people, the better.”
Tyleesha is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs roughly 125 pounds, according to a statement from police. She has brown eyes and black hair, which has red highlights. Tyleesha was last seen was wearing a green and black sweater and black jeans, police wrote.
Anyone with information on her Tyleesha’s whereabouts is asked to call APD at 907-786-8900.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said the girl was dressed for the winter weather. Monday, police said she was not. The story has been amended.