By William Holloman
A 15-year-old girl spending the summer with her aunt at an Antioch Road address has been added to the Missing Persons list at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.
Listed as a runaway is 15-year-old Ashanti Dyzare Harper. She has been missing since July 22.
Authorities said it appears the juvenile climbed out of a bedroom window while her aunt was at work. She was last seen by her younger cousins.
She is 4’10” tall and weighs 110 pounds. She has a light complexion and also has long black hair.
The child had been staying with her aunt for three weeks when she became missing. Authorities said she took some personal items and clothing in a bag. She does not have a working phone, but does have a phone that can use Wi-fi.
The family believes she had been in communication with a tall, skinny black male, who told her he was 17-years-old and is reported to have a lot of tattoos on his body. Officers said she was also reported to have met the unidentified 17-year-old online through Instagram.
The missing girl is a military dependent who has lived in New Jersey and Fayetteville in the past. No family or friends have heard from her since July 22, and her Instagram and Snapchat accounts have been closed or restricted.
Anyone with information about the missing runaway is asked to call the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department at 919-731-1480 or your local law enforcement agency.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department is seeking help from the public with identifying who they call “a person of interest” in a missing person/runaway case.
The information received by investigators with the sheriff’s department indicates the individual in the accompanying photo may be from New Jersey. He may be connected with an investigation involving a 15-year-old girl who is listed as a runaway and missing.
Anyone who might be able to identify the youth in the photo is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 919-731-1480, or Detective Pat Matthews at 919-731-1393, or Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255.