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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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henk friezer March 27, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Should anything happen to this girl,those that aided in her going on the lam should be held accountable. Unfortunate, this girl's life has just started and she does not realize how lucky she is, no financial worries no responsibilities (with he exception of schoolwork and household chores) none of the problems associated with being an adult. It is too bad that these kids feel they must impress their peers to be special, instead of just making the best of life for who and what you are.
michelle Trafficante March 27, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Insensitive remarks on the Patch from any of us could cause even more trouble in finding this girl. No one in our community should presume to understand what is going on in this girl's personal life. To assume she should simply "realize how lucky she is" is not at all helpful. The police, and the Patch as well, are trained in finding people and would not in any way judge this young person. She needs help, not judgement and criticism.
Jones Foyer March 27, 2013 at 05:54 PM
We don't know what her home life is like to make such broad assumptions about her problems and worries at home.
Donna Evans (Editor) March 27, 2013 at 05:59 PM
You're exactly right, Michelle and Jones. When I covered the tragic suicide of a teenager in La Cañada earlier this month, the one thing that counselors and administrators reiterated is no one should presume to understand what any kid is going through, troubled or not.
Nate Weaver March 27, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Not only should we not presume the circumstances or actions of friends, parents, or police, the Twitter updates repeatedly mentioning the more salacious aspects is likely going to do some damage with self-image and how classmates behave around her. Any kid who cries for help like this and THEN goes back to school is, odds are, a VERY good kid who needs help badly. I really hope it gets worked out in the right way.
William Earley March 27, 2013 at 06:59 PM
she has been located
Donna Evans (Editor) March 27, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Yes, William. The headline and updated story reflect the latest info: that she was found.
Jan McFarlane March 27, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Young people do not say they are suicidal just to get "attention" or because they do not realize "how lucky" they are. This young woman has on-going deep psychological needs that require serious and prolonged attention by compassionate and insightful professionals. The problems could be multiple -- mental health issues, family issues, substance abuse issues, learning disorder issues, peer relationships, etc. Furthermore, a young person does not act in isolation from the family. A 15-year-old girl who is an "habitual runaway" has problems at home that are not being addressed. A student who has a "history of truancy" has problems with concentration and focus at school. Simply returning this young person to her environment -- her parents, home and school -- without getting her the help she needs -- is not going to be helpful. Calling the Trevor Project -- a hotline for suicidal teens -- may be a place to start. Google it to get the contact information. Believe me, all that I say comes from my own personal experience as a mother having raised two teenagers, each of whom has had suicidal thoughts and many issues that needed addressing. My heart goes out to Kaitlyn Walker, her family, her friends, and all who reach out to give her hope and aid as she continues on her journey. Thank you. Jan McFarlane
Just My Opinion March 27, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Is McClaren Hall still in El Monte? Maybe her parents should check it out.
Trina March 27, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Kaitlyn, it gets better. Find a way to get through this. When you do, you will be strong and interesting and wonderful. I have so much hope for you.
GenXsurvivor March 28, 2013 at 01:20 AM
I'm sure posting her picture and story all over the town is going to do wonders for her psyche. Way to go, Patch. =/
nobikiniatoll March 28, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Not helpful or amusing. McClaren Hall was a snake pit that did much more harm than good.
nobikiniatoll March 28, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Yeah, really... that was my first thought; was it really necessary to post her name and photo? Seems like there's more than a good chance that will subject her to ridicule from her peers.
Andrea Rose March 28, 2013 at 03:14 AM
You might be right, Sean, because high school kids can be very nasty, but the police's job is to release the info and photo whenever someone goes missing because ... well ... that helps people find them. What would have been the alternative in the search: "Hi, we're looking for a blonde girl missing somewhere in Southern California, but we can't show you her picture because people might make fun of her"? Really? Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather be alive and possibly ridiculed than lost or dead because searchers didn't know what the hell I looked like.
Andrea Rose March 28, 2013 at 03:16 AM
The media reports this kind of stuff from local police all the time, with the police providing the picture and everything else.
Donna Evans (Editor) March 28, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Yes, it was necessary to post the photo and name of a missing girl whom authorities were asking the public's assistance to help find. Police provided the photo, via the family, and all the information I reported. Officials feit was a time-sensitive matter, as well as a grave matter, as evidenced by the resources thrown at the case. And some time after ithe story and photo posted, the girl was found. Sgt. Solinsky pointed out the case has been referred to medical professionals, and that is where reporting on this ends.
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 (Editor) 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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