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Thursday, April 10, 2008

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11-Year-Old Girl Missing

UPDATE
Victim has been found and has returned to school

Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding Katerine Quintanilla, an 11-year-old girl who suffers from severe depression.

Quintanilla was last seen at her school (Porter Middle School in Granada Hills) on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at 4:00 p.m.

According to police, the young girl's teacher informed her mother that she had misbehaved and skipped a class. When the girl's mother showed up at the school, Quintanilla ran because she was afraid of being punished.

Quintanilla is a Latino female, stands 5 feet 3 inches tall, and weighs 110 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes, and scars on her left wrist. She was last seen wearing a white shirt and black pants.

Police officers and a police helicopter methodically searched the area and was unable to locate Quintanilla.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Quintanilla is asked to contact Mission Division at 818-838-9800. During off-hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).