PORTLAND, Ore. – Police now consider the case of a missing 14-year-old girl, who they believe ran away, a missing persons' investigation.
Yashanee Vaughn was last seen at a Taco Bell on Northeast 82nd and Thompson Street in Portland Saturday night March 19. Her cousin said they were going to meet up in Vancouver but she never showed up.
Lt. Kelli Sheffer, spokeswoman for the Portland Police Bureau, said Monday night that police have been actively looking for her since she disappeared. But since they haven't been able to find her, detectives classified it as a missing-persons case Monday and believe her safety's at risk.
Sheffer said Vaughn is known to police and were planning to speak with her before she disappeared. She is a suspect in an assault case from last month, but now the focus is on finding her, Sheffer said.
Vaughn's mother, Shaquita Louis, said Saturday she doesn't believe her daughter ran away.
"If anybody has seen her … or anything, just come and say something," she said. "I'm clueless. I don't know where my daughter is at. And it's hurting me. I want my daughter to come home."
Photo: Yashanee Vaughn