Police Concerned About Missing Teen's Safety

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Police say they're concerned for the safety of a teenager who was first reported missing last month.

And, says Jefferson County Sheriff Detective David Pustizzi, they're still asking for the public's help.

Investigators say 17 year old Janice Guadalupe was last seen shortly after midnight on November 21 on Depot Street in Natural Bridge.

Pustizzi said she went missing shortly after being placed in a new foster home.

Police believe she's a runaway and have no reason to suspect she's been harmed, he said.

The reason why officials are concerned, he said, is because there have been no confirmed sightings.

Most of all, he said, investigators would like to hear from her.

"If she's just disappeared and that's what she wants to do, then get a call from her, at least we have some kind of confirmation that she's okay," Pustizzi said.

"Her safety is our concern," he said.

Pustizzi said the public's help can be invaluable in solving cases like this, but many people think their piece of information is too small or something police already know.

"Don't take it for granted that we know. Every little bit can help," he said.

"Piecing together all the different parts is how we solve things."

Deputies say Guadalupe's last known contact was in Watertown, but she could be anywhere in Jefferson County.

Police say they received tips that indicate she may have been in the Auburn, Savannah or Syracuse areas.

Guadalupe is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a white hoodie, green shirt, blue jeans and black slippers.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at 315-788-1441.

See our earlier story.
 

Monday, October 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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