Officials: Missing Herriman teen found safe
Latest updates: Missing Herriman teen found safe, called grandmother
UPDATE, January 11, midnight:
Be Ready Herriman reports on Twitter and Facebook that Brooklyn has been located safe and well, but no further information has been released.
They expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Unified Police Department, volunteers and the community.
HERRIMAN, Utah – Unified Police are still looking for a 13 year-old Herriman girl who disappeared two days ago.
On Thursday, 700 to 800 volunteers packed an LDS wardhouse to continue looking for 13 year-old Brooklyn Gittens.
”We are checking public areas, we are not knocking on doors,” announced a Unified cop.
However, the volunteers hung flyers in their search and checked open areas over 17 square miles.
“All I know is I need to be out here doing my part,” said retired law enforcement officer
”My daughter is friends with Brooklyn, we’ve lived in Herriman for 12 years and we’re parents ourselves. We just want to find her,” said volunteer Damon Bitangeli.
At an afternoon press conference, Unified Sheriff Jim Winder said, “The entire area of Herriman has been searched and doubled.”
And still, no sign of the missing teen. As snow fell across the Wasatch front volunteers ended the ground search around 4:30 Thursday afternoon.
On Friday cops begin what they call “specialized searches.”
”What that means is, search and rescue personnel along with mounted canine assets with be deployed over the next few days to areas we could not reach with our civilian searches,” said Winder
Brooklyn Gittens was last seen just before 9 p.m. Tuesday night in the bedroom of her Herriman home. The next morning, she was gone. There was no forced entry so it’s unclear if she ran away or someone took her. Her family pleaded for her safe return.
“I know we’ll find Brooklyn. I just want to say Brooklyn we love you, please come home,” said Matt Tulin, Brooklyn’s mother’s fiance.
However, with the 13-year-old still out there a second night without her eyeglasses, shoes or even a coat…
”We have not ruled anything out. What we do know is that we have a 13-year-old girl who’s not in Herriman City,” Winder said.
Police admit it’s unusual that this girl would run away without taking a few minutes to grab her glasses or shoes. She also doesn’t have her cell phone.
Cops now have that, along with computers that were in the house. Police say the Gittens family voluntarily gave investigators those items to hopefully find a record of a recent conversation prior to the girl’s disappearance.
At this point detectives have few leads.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Unified Police at 801-743-7280.
Hundreds of volunteers search for missing Herriman girl