Missing runaway teenagers have been making headlines lately as Shreveport Police have received numerous reports in recent weeks.
A thirteen-year-old and two fifteen-year-olds are only three of the runaways that have been reported in the last week. Shreveport Police say there has not been an increase of runaways, but just an increase of getting the information out on these types of cases.
"The amount of high-profile coverage we've had recently has gotten a lot of people nervous," Sgt. Robert Grant of the Shreveport Police Youth Services told us. "People are taking it more seriously now."
Sgt. Grant estimated that they see five to ten runaway cases on average per week with each case being unique and leaving parents asking for help from the police to find their child. He explained that runaway teenagers are all different and do not fall under any specific stereotype. "We have some children that have run away three, four, five times within a few months." He said they also see those children who decide to leave one day for the first time.
Regardless of the reason for the child running away, the teenager could face some serious consequences once detectives locate them. First time runaways usually get released back to their parents, Sgt. Grant explained. Repeat runaways can be sent to a youth shelter or a judge can sentence them to spend time in a juvenile detention.
An adult assisting a teenager in running away could also be charged with harboring a juvenile runaway.
If you have any information on the location of a missing teenager, you are urged to contact detectives or call CrimeStoppers at (318) 673-7373.