White Plains Police are searching for another 15-year-old runaway, Carmen 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.”