Posted at: 04/04/2013 12:32 PM
Updated at: 04/04/2013 11:18 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion
The search continues for a Fairport teen who has been missing since Tuesday morning. And now police may have an idea of what happened to her.
Irondequoit Police say the teen may have planned to run away. 15-year-old Daze Smith is a tenth grader at Fairport High School. Police say she was last seen walking towards East Ridge Road and Seneca Avenue in Irondequoit on Tuesday morning. She was at a medical appointment with her mother before she walked off. Police believe she may be staying at a friend's house in the city.
Police do not believe Daze Smith is in danger. They don't suspect foul play, but this is something police are not taking lightly. Investigators are having some difficulty tracking her down. Investigators say her mother had taken her phone away the day she walked off. They are now hoping someone will come forward with information that may help bring her home.
Irondequoit Police are searching for clues, anything that can lead them to 15-year-old Daze Smith. Police say she has been missing since Tuesday morning. They also believe she may have run away.
Sgt. Mark Bean, Irondequoit Police, said, “There are family members or friends who have had some social media or phone contact with her. She said she was okay, but she didn't want to come home.”
Investigators say Smith was at an appointment with her mother before she took off. Police say her family is worried for her safety and apparently, they aren't alone.
Pam Weaver, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, says, “The majority of children go missing because of runaways. Around 1.6 million kids run away every year.”
Pam Weaver from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says 1,200 kids go missing in Rochester every year. The majority are runaways. She says there are things parents and kids need to consider.
Weaver said, “Any parent, if they see a change in their child's behavior, if they seem stressed out. If they seem like they are hiding things from their parents, it's obviously a great time to have a conversation with their child. We want kids to understand the devastating consequences there can be to running away because unfortunately people that they meet on the street who may befriend them, may actually be someone that's very dangerous.”
Police say they have followed a few leads, but have not had any luck. Family members and friends have been out on the streets, searching for the teen. Police have also contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for suggestions on how to deal with this case.
Even though police believe Daze Smith may be run away, they are still taking this very seriously. It was around this time last year that investigators found themselves in a very similar situation when another teen, Larie Butler went missing. That case ended in tragedy and that's something investigators say is in the back of their minds in this investigation.
Friday morning, the school district released a statement saying, “Daze Smith is a tenth-grader at Fairport Central School District. District personnel have been in contact with and are supporting the work by local authorities and Daze’s family in ensuring her safety and well being.”
If you have any information about Smith or where she might be, please call 911.