Police, FBI Continue To Search For Missing 12-Year-Old Girl
PERRY HALL, Md. (WJZ) -- The search intensifies for a missing Baltimore County girl. Maryland State Police and the FBI have stepped in to help find 12-year-old Jasmine Baker.
Christie Ileto speaks to family family members, worried sick.
Police want to talk with anyone who may have interacted with Jasmine Baker on social media leading up to her disappearance. She's been missing for more than 48 hours. Police are looking at her social media activity to see if they can track her down.
Civilian search groups are spreading the word. Every second 12-year-old Jasmine Baker stays missing is another moment her family fears the worst.
Her grandparents tearfully talked to WJZ.
"We can not stand one more day or one more night without knowing where this child is," said Merrill and Brenda Bittner, Baker's grandparents.
The FBI is now helping Baltimore County Police search for the sixth grader, who was last seen leaving her White Marsh home in the 4200-block of Soth Avenue on Tuesday morning. She was supposed to be walking to Perry Hall Middle School.
Her social media activity is now a focal point.
"She does not have a phone with her. We know she does not have a phone with her and she does not have a charger. We believe she has an iPod with her," said Elise Armacost, Baltimore County Police Department.
Detectives say she's had a history of talking to men using an iPod Touch with social messenger app "Kik" and also through Xbox Live.
Baker lives less than a mile from her school. Somewhere from the time she walked out the front door to her classroom, she vanished.
"Just torture. We are beside ourselves," her grandparents said.
Her picture is now flashing on billboards around the city and flyers are circulating her childhood block--a grim reminder to Baker's family that this missing person mystery is entering day three.
Baker's family says she would never voluntarily take off. Police say she's never run away before.
Governor-elect Larry Hogan canceled his appearance Thursday in Perry Hall Square Shopping Center "out of respect for the FBI's efforts to search for Jasmine," a spokesperson said.
"I trust the residents and law enforcement officials of Baltimore County and the state are doing everything they possibly can to support the FBI in its search for young Jasmine," said Hogan in a statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with Jasmine, her family, and the community during this very stressful time."
Baker is 5'5" tall, 175 pounds with blue eyes and long brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a brown jacket.
Anyone who has seen Jasmine Baker or has any information on the case is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or the FBI at 410-265-8080.
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