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Published on Friday April 1, 2011 - 12:38 PM

 
PORTLAND, Oregon - Dozens of searchers combed Rocky Butte today, looking for the body of a 14-year-old girl.

Police believe Yashanee Vaughn was killed by her 16-year-old boyfriend, Parrish Bennette, who was arrested Thursday after lab results indicated he was responsible for her death. Bennette was charged with manslaughter yedterday and a grand jury could hear his case next week.

On Thursday, March 31, 2011, at 12:58 p.m., Portland Police Detectives arrested 16-year-old Parrish Bennett in connection with the disappearance of 14-year-old Yashanee Vaughn, who was reported missing on March 21, 2011. Bennett has been charged with One Count of Murder and is currently lodged in the Multnomah County Juvenile Detention Center. Preliminary evidence suggests Yashanee was killed on March 19, 2011.

On Monday, March 21, 2011, at 10:17 p.m., Shaquita Louis called police to report her daughter, Yashanee Vaughn, was missing. Ms. Louis said she hadn't had contact with her daughter since Friday, March 18, 2011. An officer took the report and entered information into LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System) and NCIC (National Crime Information Center) as a Missing Juvenile. The officer also sent an alert to all working officers that he had taken a Missing Report on Yashanee Vaughn.

On March 23, 2011, at 8:28 a.m., Ms. Louis called again to report her daughter was still missing. The responding officer spoke to Ms. Louis and contacted Detective Dran of the Missing Persons' Unit to make sure the previously filed missing report had been reviewed. Two Detectives began working the case that morning and contacted Ms Louis for additional information. Ms. Louis also contacted Gang Enforcement Team officers who contacted Missing Persons to ensure they were aware of the situation.