Police looking for a missing 14-year-old girl believed to be in danger said that someone has seen her in Wayne County.
The 14-year-old girl police have been seeking went missing Tuesday after an argument with a friend, her mother said Thursday.
The teen, identified as Emma Elizabeth Newland, was last spotted at the intersection of Mill and Main streets in Dalton, according to a news release from the Jackson Township Police Department.
Township police declined to comment.
Emma’s mother, Angela Newland, said an officer saw Emma in Dalton at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday. The officer spoke with Emma and took down her information but didn’t run her name in the system, Newland said. No one has seen her since.
Emma is white, 14 years old, 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 110 pounds with brown, straight, shoulder-length hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing gray sweat pants and a peach-colored top with flip flops, according to an alert from the Regional Emergency Dispatch Center.
Newland said she came home from work at 11 p.m. Tuesday and was told her daughter had left earlier that day. Emma has certain places she visits when she wants to be alone and think, Newland said, but it was unlike her to be gone for so long.
“It’s been scary this whole time,” she said.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office missing person’s website said that while the alert was not an Amber Alert, “the child is believed to be in danger.”
Emma was last seen walking by a pond near her home in the 5300 block of Highmill Street NW at 3 p.m. Tuesday and entering a nearby wooded area. Her boyfriend is out of the state, and there are no other friends she would be with, according to the police report.
“She did not take any personal items with her and has never gone missing before. Because this is out of character for her, law enforcement and her family are concerned for her safety,” the website, ohioattorneygeneral.gov/MissingKids, said.
Newland was going to organize a search party to look for her daughter in Jackson Township, but after learning about the sighting in Wayne County around midnight Thursday, she said she was trying to come up with a new plan.
Newland said she’d like to be able to tell her daughter how much she loves and misses her and to ask her to come back home.
“This is killing me,” she said.
Police asked anyone with information to call 911 or police at 330-832-1553.