Young runaways

Having just written about the twelve-year-old runaway Kathrynn Seefeldt, I got curious and decided to find out how many runaways under 14 I have listed on Charley. Here they are:

Age 11
Mayra Soto, since 2003
Quinn Renard Woodfolk, since 1998

Age 12
Jorge Acosta, since 1992
Donna Marie Barron, since 2006
Kamyle Stephanie Burgos Ortiz, since 2006
Patricia Joan Chesher, since 1969
Karen Marie Hughes, since 1983
Maria Magdalena Carralejo Ojeda, since 1995
Francheska Sugel Martinez, since 2000
Carlota Maria Sanchez, since 1979
Mayra Erisuria Sandoval, since 2006
Kathrynn Sholly Seefeldt, since 2002
Ekaterina Shcherbakova, since 1998
Elyssa Marie Vasquez, since 2003

Age 13
Jesus Javier Blanco, since 2010
Adam Lawrence Bowens, since 2008
Richard Burton, since 2009
Daniel Cantrell, since 2006
Julian Carrozza, since 2009
Melinda Karen Creech, since 1979
Diana Echeverria-Acevedo, since 2008
Maria Isaia Flores Rubio, since 2007
Anel Gaspariano Perez, since 2010
Amelia Gomez, since 2008
Shaunda Renne Green, since 1983
Heather Janelle Lewis, since 2003
Misheila Isleen Martinez, since 2000
Lorena Mendoza, since 2005
Alishia Dachone Miller, since 1989
Johnny Lee Mills, since 1990
Jose Federico Nieto, since 2008
Tiffany Rose Hayes Oliver, since 2007
Merelyn Toro Ortiz, since 2008
Adaneli Perez, since 2007
Jennifer Rae Perry, since 1993
Stephanie Marie Pinero Morales, since 2008
Taranika Nichelle Raymond, since 1995
Ima Jean Sanders, since 1974
Uma Davi Sewpersaud, since 2002
Lawshawndra Seymore, since 2009
Isadora Sorrozo, since 2000
Marceline Tolondo, since 2000
Noelle Elizabeth Wilkening, since 2006
Elsa Janell Wind, since 1992

A depressingly long list. And many of these children have been missing for a depressingly long time.

Some of these don’t sound like runaways to me. Patricia Chesher and Ima Sanders sound like kidnappings, but they are listed as runaways on NCMEC which presumably knows more about their cases than I do. Karen Hughes is thought to be with her non-custodial mother, but the case is classified as a runaway rather than a family abduction.

12 thoughts on “Young runaways

    • Meaghan September 27, 2011 / 7:44 pm

      Never found him though. Or identified him.

  1. Joe Schultz September 27, 2011 / 6:29 pm

    Strangley Noticed alot are hispanic makes you wonder the reasoning

    • Justin September 27, 2011 / 9:09 pm

      It seems to me that a LOT of Hispanic girls from the ages of 12 to 16 are apparently running away with guys in their 20s. I think more than a few went to Mexico. I’m just hoping that most got married, started a family and all that rather than being sold into prostitution, which is starting to sound more and more likely these days.

      • Meaghan September 27, 2011 / 9:10 pm

        I believe that down in Mexico it’s culturally acceptable for girls in their teens to date men in their twenties.

      • Justin September 28, 2011 / 1:38 am

        Yeah, I heard that as well. I just hope they are not getting their bodies torn up in childbirth due to their being too young.

      • Meaghan September 28, 2011 / 4:02 am

        By the time you’re in you’re mid-teens it’s unlikely your body will get “torn up” by childbirth. Most people whose bodies are torn up by childbirth, get that way from having too many kids, not from having a kid too early in life.

        Back in Victorian times when women tended to have, like, eight kids each, sometimes the muscles holding up their uterus would give up and their uterus would just fall out and dangle between their legs like an elephant’s trunk. They had these things called pessaries that were designed to keep it inside.

      • Justin September 28, 2011 / 10:24 am

        No, I get that by her mid-teens, a girl’s body is usually able to handle childbirth. I was thinking about 12 and 13 year olds. In Africa, that is a big problem.

  2. Danielle September 28, 2011 / 11:20 pm

    you are dedicated to this site. that’s for sure….. thanks for all you do

  3. ileana May 9, 2013 / 5:21 am

    Elyssa Marie Vasquez is my cousin……. would really like to know any updates on her case or whereabouts…..

  4. Geeta April 28, 2018 / 6:26 pm

    Curious. One of the girls is of my heritage. We are not known as a ‘runway’ prone community. Family generally steps in – and parents would actively look for their children – we view children as a gift to us. How is it she is classified as a runaway when she never got home from her schoolbus???? seems to be inherent racism on the part of the person / agency that did this classification in Florida. Also, in NY, very little effort is made by the NYPD to solve cases where we are the victims (but very quick to arrest and prosecute if ‘we’ may be the criminal. Not sure what to think here.

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