Melvindale teen still missing after a month

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, who police say ran away from home March 4, is still missing, and her family continues pleading for help finding her.

Family members, including Escareno’s aunt, Julia Delagarza, said they worry about the teen being lured into sex trafficking or gangs.

Police determined she is a runaway and not in any danger. After the family filed a missing person’s report March 5, police investigated. Police Lt. Michael Welch said they confirmed with friends that Escareno ran away.

According to police, Escareno was caught sneaking out of the house on March 3, an argument occurred with her parents and she snuck back out the morning of March 4.

Authorities encourage anyone with information about the minor to call police at 313-429-1070.

Escareno’s aunt, Julia Delagarza, said via her Facebook page, that she just wants her neice to come home.

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

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