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Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 1, 2007
Missing Date: July 13, 2013
Age Now: 6
Missing City: Harvey
Missing State: Louisiana
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Shoulder Length
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: The girl’s mother said she went to bed Friday at about 11 p.m. at her apartment in the 2900 block of Destrehan Avenue, and when she awoke at 9 a.m., the girl, identified as Ahlittia North, was gone.
Circumstances of Disappearance: When Ahlittia’s mother reportedly awoke, her front door was open. Sheriff’s spokesman Col. John Fortunato said there was no sign of forced entry. Several of the child’s personal items were also missing. Police are now using all-terrain vehicles to search the woods behind the child’s house. They are also going door-to-door in order to question neighbors. Relatives and neighbors have also begun handing out fliers.
“We’ve been looking everywhere but we can’t find her,” said the girl’s aunt Janet Barnett.
Ahlittia’s stepfather said he and the girl’s mother took steps to secure their home before going to bed that night. “The door was unlocked. But I know I locked the door, the burglar bars and the regular door,” said Albert Hill.
Police are unsure what happened.