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Police Alert: Missing South Pas Teen Found Wednesday -- in Class

Parents of Kaitlyn Walker, 15, described by police as a habitual runaway with a history of truancy, reported the South Pasadena High School student missing on Tuesday, after her friends helped her "escape,' authorities said.

UPDATED 11:06 a.m.: An allegedly suicidal teen-age girl missing since Tuesday has been located. 

After what appears to be a night in Los Angeles, the missing teen was tracked to South Pasadena this morning, police said. Officers were following her cellular telephone signal, when school officials reported she had wandered into Spanish class, Sgt. Brian Solinsky said.

Police took the teen to the station, and then transferred her to a medical facility for evaluation. 

Earlier: South Pasadena Police are looking for a teen-age girl they say ran away Tuesday and later texted her parents that "I don't want to live anymore'' and that "life was over'' for her, Sgt. Brian Solinsky said Wednesday.

Kaitlyn Walker, 15, whom Solinsky referred to as a habitual runaway with a history of truancy, was last seen by her mother Tuesday at South Pasadena High School about 3:30 p.m. Walker had not attended school that day, but her mother still went to the campus to look for her, he said.

The mother found her there, but Walker refused to get into her mother's car.

"Her friends aided her escape. They helped her get away from her mother,'' Solinsky said, adding that Walker was very upset and angry with her parents following an argument on Monday.

At some point Tuesday, Walker texted her mother and said she would not be coming home and she was not going to tell her parents where she was going. In another text, around 9 p.m., Walker said she wanted to die, according to Solinsky. 

"Detectives are working on trying to track her down. She's got some issues going on, she's involved in another case with us that’s very upsetting [to her],'' he said.

The fact that Walker hinted at suicide has upped the seriousness of this missing person's case, Solinsky said. Detectives are tracking the girl's cell phone and aggressively searching the area.

"It's very difficult to track down a teenager with this type of previous history and determination. And her friends are not only not forthcoming, but they helped her run away,'' he said. 

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Melissa M. March 28, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Nobody here can assume what this girl has and is going through. I realize we were all teenagers at one time. But with the advent of Social sites and technology, growing up through the teen years is a whole new ball game these days. I'm only happy she was found safe and hope she gets the help she needs. Teenagers believe they are invincible. It's more and more dangerous to have this mentality in this day and age. If you're reading this Kaitlyn? Trust me. These are the sucky years where you're still trying to figure out who you are and who you want to be. You have your whole life ahead of you that will be as amazing as you make it. You and you alone hold that power. Make the right choices, work through the issues and come out stronger on the other end. It does get better.
Donna Evans March 28, 2013 at 06:46 AM
I have not deleted any comments from this thread, @nobikiniatoll, as none has violated our terms of service. If another editor deleted something, he or she would have left a comment saying a comment had been deleted.
Chris Evans March 28, 2013 at 02:41 PM
I am delighted that this poor kid has been found relatively safe and sound. I echo the sentiments of some of the early comments, in that, if this young lady had pulled the final truancy act, and had done herself in, would these alleged 'friends' have been considered complicit in her demise? And, as so many others have indicated, she's having a difficult time at a difficult age, and she needs some help. She needs to believe in herself, and understand just how vital she is, and how much better the world is for all of us with her in it. Stand fast, little sister, you'll get through this. Blessings on ya!
Ray Echevarria March 29, 2013 at 01:57 PM
WOW, what can I say. Her saw call FRIENDS are doing more to get her killed than she is to herself. Those so call friends should be charged as acomplices to a crime. Just like robbing a bank, but you just sat in the car, not knowing a person had died in the bank. You are just as guilty of that death as if you'd did it your self. So yes, it's time to take her friends to the DA's office and see if we can make some penal codes stick. I'm sure we can find room for a few more knuckle heads.
Jeff dick May 13, 2013 at 06:20 AM
Kaitlyn go home already

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