Deputies Looking For Missing Girl

October 20th, 2009 by

Clay County Deputies Say Girl Never Came Home From School
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Clay County sheriff’s deputies are searching an Orange Park neighborhood for a girl who they said has been missing since Monday afternoon.
Deputies said 7-year-old Somer Renee Thompson was last seen in the Grove Park neighborhood. They said the girl’s mother called police and said her daughter never returned home from school.
She is described as 3 feet, 5 inches tall and 65 pounds with brown hair in a pony tail. She was last seen wearing a cranberry-colored jumpsuit with pink striped sleeves. She also had a black, pink and white colored backpack with a skull and hearts.
Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler said every effort is under way to locate Somer. Residents in the Grove Park area are looking through their yards, parked cars and adjacent properties.
Deputies and detectives from every branch of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, approximately 100 personnel, are looking for Somer Thompson. Additional support is also being provided by the agencies surrounding Clay County, such as St. Johns and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has also assigned a member to assist Clay County, along with staff from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has utilized reverse 911 as well as the school system’s automated phone message system to get information about Somer to as many households as possible as quickly as possible.

Deputies said the girl was last seen at 2:45 p.m. walking home from Grove Park Elementary School near West Gano Avenue and Debarry Avenue with her sister and friends but separated from them after an argument and ran toward her home.
Deputies said the girl’s mother was outside in the neighborhood looking for the child when she flagged down a passing deputy and reported the incident.
The family lives in the 1700 block of Horton Drive in Orange Park.
“We would ask that the public assist us in providing any information that anyone may have about this little girl’s whereabouts,” Beseler said. “Anyone that’s in this vicinity, please be vigilant, be looking, search around the area and call us if you saw anything.”
Beseler said deputies are contacting the 53 sexual offenders who live in the area as part of their investigation. More than 100 deputies, police and SWAT members were searching for the girl overnight and into Tuesday morning.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the CCSO non-emergency line at 904-264-6512.

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