As a civilian LE person of the SLMPD (not sure if ever verified here but did speak to Theresa from work, was a busy week for me) I think many here don't understand the social realities of many african americans in this city. I have lived in the city of saint louis for over seven years and it is this case that brought me to websleuths and other such sites. I have pointed out that many african american youths do not attend school regularly (live a block from peabodys and sometimes get days of such as unpaid DH's and sick bonus days and have always been amazed how many kids that should be in school aren't). Also know from reading local media how awful kept records are of school attendance (plus articles from Saint Louis Post Dispatch about youths that should me in school heckling people on metro link )and also from my job as I've had to put on more then a few background checks trauncy (parent mine you not kids as they are juveniles and their records are closed). On top of this we get a few mothers with kids with serious warrents that we have to call to be arrested, the police will stall for a few hours to get someone to pick kids up so they would not have to call child services but a few times no one was able to pick up kids. My background leads me to believe this child like many in this city don't attend school regularly enough to go missing.