White Plains Police Search for 15-Year-Old Female Runaway

Police said Carmen C. Padraza of White Plains was last seen about two weeks ago

White Plains Police are searching for another 15-year-old runaway, Carmen C. Pedraza who has been missing for two weeks. Police say she was last seen with a Hispanic male, and may be or may have been in the Brewster area.

“We’re exploring every angle right now, and every lead that comes in,” said Lt. Eric Fischer of the White Plains Police Department on Thursday.

Police are asking that anyone with information on Pedraza’s disappearance please call 914.422.6200. 

Patch recently explored of Rye who ran away on May 25, and was last seen near New York Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains, and was tracked down by White Plains Police in Washington Heights on Thursday, May 31.

The disappearance of Crowley, whose family hired private investigator Dan Schorr, garnered national attention with celebrities like Kim Kardashian tweeting about it so that fans could help find him.

“We handle all of our cases the same,” said Fischer. “We investigate every possible lead we have—we investigate phone records, friends, last seen locations, school records—whenever a kid goes missing or runs away.”

Fischer said that media and public attention, like the level that was seen in the Crowley case, is not generated from the police department.

“If a 15-year-old kid goes missing, we’re go into look for them until we find them—period,” said Fischer. “We do flyers for all missing kids. Those things [other media and public attention] are out of our control. All families have the right to do that, if that’s what they want to do. We ask that people allow us to do our job and not to hamper us with our investigation.”

Fischer told Patch in May that it’s common for people to get involved once they find out about a missing child or teen, since people naturally want to help out. He said that the department works on a lot of missing persons cases for individuals under 16, but that there is a difference between a runaway and a missing child. 

“I think people hear the word ‘missing’ and they automatically assume the kid may have been abducted or is the victim of foul play of some sort,” said Fischer. “Almost all of the cases we have investigated, in terms of missing children, have been runaways or a kid who fails to show up after school and ends up showing up four or five hours later. But all of them are treated the same, and all of them are investigated.”

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Sick-n-Tired June 18, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Did you call them to ask why?
resident June 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM
it's pretty obvious @sick-n-tired...your still viewing life from out of your rose colored glasses, while the rest of us are in reality...Pierce Crowley's story screamed of inequality, and your kind still chooses to deny it!
A mom of three June 19, 2012 at 10:58 AM
wow so we all meet again..Sick n Tired..why do u bother to post on these? you are of no help..did Madge call and ask why? I find it funny that you were on board with the others on the Pierce Crowley story saying everyone needed to stop thinking this was about race and just help.."a child is missing!!" remember that? and all you could come up with on this is, "did you call?" lol Resident..those aren't rose colored glasses Sick-N-Tired wears..its pure ignorance!! And kudos to The Patch for realizing an issue and trying to help the less fortunate!! Alot of people view the patch..the more help the better!!
Sick-n-Tired June 19, 2012 at 04:00 PM
My kind? Please resident give me a break. My point my post is that Madge was so quick to fire the first shot but unwilling to lead the charge to help. Her post was just an attempt to stir the pot. Why don’t you lead the charge Mom? Your quick to judge else everyone on here. You lead and I’m more than willing to help you keep the thread going like how the residents of Rye banded together to help a member of their community. The question that needs to be asked is why aren’t the residents of White Plains on here putting the word out like the residents of Rye?
Dina Sciortino June 19, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Thank you for your kind words A mom of three. You can all help spread the word by posting this story on your social networking sites (Facebook and Twitter) and sharing it with your family and friends so that people are aware of it.


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