Family asking for help finding runaway Melvindale teen

Photo courtesy of Julia Delagarza Melvindale resident Marissa Escareno, 16, was last seen by her family March 4. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Melvindale Police Department at 313-429-1070.

Photo courtesy of Julia Delagarza
Melvindale resident Marissa Escareno, 16, was last seen by her family March 4. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Melvindale Police Department at 313-429-1070.

By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE — Marissa Escareno, 16, has been missing since March 4, and her family is pleading for help finding her.

Escareno’s family filed a missing person’s report after 24 hours of not hearing from the teen. Melvindale police are investigating.

“We don’t believe her to be in any danger,” Police Lt. Michael Welch said Tuesday. “She is a runaway.”

Authorities have talked with the girl’s friends who confirmed she ran away.

Welch said the family reported the girl was caught sneaking in the house March 4, an argument ensued and she snuck back out.

Welch encourages people to call police if they see the teen, noting that she is a minor.

Escareno’s aunt, Julia Delagarza, said her niece was wearing a beige zip-up hoodie, light colored jeans and black tennis shoes.

Delagarza asks everyone with information to call the Melvindale Police Department at 313-429-1070, or contact the family if they know them.

The family made a personal plea to Escareno for her to call them and let them know she is well and said they want to bring her home.

(Tereasa Nims can be reached at dstreporter@gmail.com.)