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Police are looking for a 15-year-old girl named Kathleen Diaz who they say went missing from her home at 140 West 104th Street on July 25 at 8 a.m. She is 4’11” and 120 pounds, police say.

Anyone with information in regards to the missing is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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    1. Zulu says:

      For crying out loud this is the third young person reported missing in two months or so. What the hell is going on?

      Is this more common than I think, or is there an increase in missing persons lately?

    2. dannyboy says:

      NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline and West Side Rag do a great service by informing the neighborhood and also gathering information.

      This, I believe is a very high Purpose for both.

    3. Bob Lamm says:

      Regarding what Zulu wrote above, the Polly Klass Foundation says on its website that in the U.S. some 1.6 to 2.8 teenagers run away from home. (And less than 1% of missing children are abducted by strangers.)

      So, yes, Zulu, it’s more common than you apparently think. And I highly doubt that there is any increasing in missing teens “lately.”

      • CoveredInBees says:

        Wow. I haven’t heard POlly Klaas’s name in a while. I grew up in the next town over from where she lived (a town between where she was taken and where she was found) and I was in the 4th grade when she disappeared.

        I remember seeing a stack of missing posters on my teacher’s desk that were later in the trash. Not that I think we would have found her, but I was angry even then that the teacher didn’t pass out the flyers.

        tl;dr Polly Klaas Foundation does great work that I hope we can put out of business some day.

        • lynn says:

          Maybe by the time she was given the fliers Polly had already been found? She went missing on October 1, 1993 and was found on December 3rd.

    4. EricaC says:

      I had the same anxiety as Zulu – there seem to be a lot of missing young women. I hope they are all returned home safe and sound – and I’m VERY glad that people are posting to try to help – but as we never hear what happens I’m left with fear that there is a pattern of some sort here and that our young women are at risk. I wish we could hear about the outcome too and that it is indeed young people going on a lark but returning home safe!

    5. Bob Lamm says:

      Sorry, I meant to say that “1.6 to 2.8 million teenagers run away from home each year.”

    6. Bob Lamm says:

      The vast majority of teenagers who run away from home aren’t out “on a lark.” Many have been physically and/or sexually abused by a parent, stepparent, or sibling. That’s the “pattern.”