Vigil Held for Missing Hartford Girl, FBI Assisting Search - NBC Connecticut

Vigil Held for Missing Hartford Girl, FBI Assisting Search



    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping police search for a Hartford teen who has been missing since Aug. 25 and a vigil has been planned for tonight.

    The 14-year-old  has been missing for two weeks

    Hartford police have asked the FBI to step in and help find her.

    Police said she was last seen in her backyard on Natalie Street around 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25.

    Meanwhile, community members have planned a vigil “to raise awareness not only of (REDACTED) disappearance, but also the disparity in how missing children in urban centers are handled,” according to Hartford Areas Rally Together.

    The vigil will be held at Dillon Stadium on Huyshope Avenue in Hartford at 6 p.m.

    “We want to make sure that every child matters, no matter their race or zip code,” HART Executive Director Mayra Esquilin, said in a statement.

    The missing girl stands about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 285 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes and a beauty mark on her neck, according to police.

    Police said she was wearing a purple shirt, gray shorts and white sneakers when she disappeared and was carrying a blue backpack with a butterfly design.

    She is not a habitual runaway, and police said they do not believe she was abducted.

    Editor's Note: The girl has been found and police said she was the victim of a sexual assault. NBC Connecticut does not identify victims of sex assault and we have removed her name from this article.