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    OR - Yashanee Vaughn, 14, Portland, 19 March 2011

    I just saw this on KATU as a reader submitted story, haven't seen any reports in local news.

    "She is 5'2’, African American and weighs about 115lbs. Her hair is usually shoulder length and she has a “bold bright smile,” her family says.

    She was last seen Saturday, March 19, getting onto a TriMet bus headed for Vancouver to visit a relative, wearing yellow sweats, navy blue converse, and a black leather jacket."

    http://www.katu.com/younews/118620449.html#commentform
    Last edited by Kimster; 07-16-2011 at 02:02 AM. Reason: prefix

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    A quick Google search shows her story has been submitted to several blogs, Facebook, etc. but I haven't found her on NCMEC or any other major missing persons site. I have also seen comments under blog posts and reader submitted stories about the lack of coverage of this case. I hope she is safe somewhere.

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    http://lostnmissing.amplify.com/2011...ace-vaughn-14/
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    Family and friends of a missing 14-year-old are desperately looking for information that might lead them to the whereabouts of the young girl.

    Yashawnee Vaughn, a student at Helensview School, was last seen at around 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the number 72 TriMet bus stop at Thompson Street and 82nd Avenue near Madison High School.

    She is an African American about 5’2” tall, weighs 115 pounds and her hair is usually shoulder length.

    Her mother Shaquita Louis told The Skanner News that she was on her way to visit with a close friend, but failed to show up. In the hours before her disappearance, she had met with a male friend at the Taco Bell at Thompson and 82nd Ave., eaten dinner and departed the restaurant.

    She said family friends saw her waiting at the bus stop minutes before she made her last phone call.
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    http://www.theskanner.com/article/20...-Laface-Vaughn
    March 24, 2011 article
    Family and friends of missing 14-year-old Yashawnee Laface Vaughn are desperately working to raise awareness of the girl’s case, holding a 2 p.m. rally today at NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Killingsworth Streets, and waging a Facebook campaign to bring her home.
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    I got a press release from the Portland Police in my email today and then noticed that there is finally some news coverage. From KPTV.com:

    "Officers say Yashanee Vaughn was reported as a runaway March 21.

    Detectives say they now consider this a missing person’s case because she is not showing up at her regular hangouts."

    http://www.kptv.com/news/27351652/detail.html

    I see now that she was reported as a runaway 2 days after the original reports we saw said she went missing (on March 19th.) I understand that this was the reason for the delay in reporting this story. That being said, this is a 14 year-old child and the fact that she has been gone for a week before she got any media coverage because it was felt she had run away makes me crazy.

    A 14 year-old who has run away is very likely in danger also and we need to be out looking for them. It terrifies me that children can be out on the street with no one trying to find them because assumptions are made about their ability to take care of themselves.

    I am praying for this sweet girl and hope she comes home safely.
    Last edited by pdxmama; 03-29-2011 at 12:05 AM. Reason: Added link

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    More info from KGW:

    "A Police Bureau spokesman said they're investigating the case more closely than other similar cases because she's a suspect in an assault case. Because none of their crews has been able to find her, they believe she may be at risk."

    http://www.kgw.com/news/Police-belie...118818569.html

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    Police search for missing girl heats up after family phones city leaders, papers city with fliers



    After learning later that weekend that Vaughn had never connected with her friend, Louis called Portland police to report Vaughn missing. But the officer who took down the missing person report classified her as a runaway, instead of as missing.

    The family thinks police made that decision because Louis reported Vaughn as a runaway the year before. In that instance, Vaughn climbed out a window and ran to her father's house after an argument with her mother.
    Hayes said no matter what the history, Vaughn would not just vanish. "Even if there was a warrant, she wasn't going to run from that," Hayes said. Vaughn's record consisted of theft and fighting counts -- "It wasn't like she murdered anyone or anything like that," Hayes said.

    The family contends that police wasted valuable time when her granddaughter first went missing.

    The information contained in the maps below are my interpretation of locations, based on MSM and input from others. They are meant solely as a guide and are not to be taken as fact.

    Possible Victims of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr ~ https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...01105,0.019634

    Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook ~ https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...406effc9c7306f

    Holly Bobo ~ https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...184749,0.31414

    Kyron Horman ~ https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...kQ&usp=sharing

    Relisha Rudd ~ https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...3bc4b55d&msa=0

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    Here's another photo of Yashawnee...


    From a Cause page on FB...http://www.causes.com/causes/596137-...e-vaughn/about

    The information contained in the maps below are my interpretation of locations, based on MSM and input from others. They are meant solely as a guide and are not to be taken as fact.

    Possible Victims of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr ~ https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...01105,0.019634

    Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook ~ https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...406effc9c7306f

    Holly Bobo ~ https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...184749,0.31414

    Kyron Horman ~ https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...kQ&usp=sharing

    Relisha Rudd ~ https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...3bc4b55d&msa=0

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    Here is the map I've created for Yashawnee...
    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...08912&t=h&z=13

    I wonder why the rally is being held so far from where she was last seen and even farther from her home and school...

    The information contained in the maps below are my interpretation of locations, based on MSM and input from others. They are meant solely as a guide and are not to be taken as fact.

    Possible Victims of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr ~ https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...01105,0.019634

    Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook ~ https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...406effc9c7306f

    Holly Bobo ~ https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...184749,0.31414

    Kyron Horman ~ https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...kQ&usp=sharing

    Relisha Rudd ~ https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...3bc4b55d&msa=0

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    Do we know where Yashawnee's friend's house was that she was going to visit?

    The information contained in the maps below are my interpretation of locations, based on MSM and input from others. They are meant solely as a guide and are not to be taken as fact.

    Possible Victims of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr ~ https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...01105,0.019634

    Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook ~ https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...406effc9c7306f

    Holly Bobo ~ https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...184749,0.31414

    Kyron Horman ~ https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...kQ&usp=sharing

    Relisha Rudd ~ https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...3bc4b55d&msa=0


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    Is that area of 82nd still considered... not the best side of town? Its been almost 3 years since I lived in Ptown... But then, it wasn't the safest neighborhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy23 View Post
    Is that area of 82nd still considered... not the best side of town? Its been almost 3 years since I lived in Ptown... But then, it wasn't the safest neighborhood.
    It is a place I wouldn't want to be out at night. My friend lives right near 82nd and Thompson and she says there is always police activity around there, drug deals, prostitution. It's not the worse part of town but not the best by far.

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    Portland is one of the largest sex trafficking areas in the US.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...x-trafficking/
    State police report encountering three to five trafficking victims a week. Although the Sexual Assault Resource Center, an advocacy group that offers services to Portland-area victims, estimates that it handled 75 cases in 2009, it also says that for every girl in its system 10 more are still being exploited.

    http://www.kgw.com/news/local/Portla...106890533.html
    The FBI says it recovered three girls in a child sex trafficking sting operation that resulted in prostitution charges against 19 adults in the Portland area.


    I don't know if this is what happened or not,but it is a possibility.
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    http://www.kptv.com/news/27363927/detail.html

    Portland police officers had considered Yashanee to be a runaway since her mother reported her missing on March 21. But they could not find her among the people and places she usually goes.
    God has a plan to help bring justice to the world -- and his plan is us.
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    http://www.katu.com/news/local/118882724.html

    Two different accounts of how a Portland teenager’s disappearance is being handled have emerged. Her family says Portland police dropped the ball on the case while police say they are doing everything they can to find her.
    God has a plan to help bring justice to the world -- and his plan is us.
    Gary Haugen
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