Fears grow for ‘vulnerable’ 15-year-old girl who may have run away with someone from the internet

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Fears are growing for a ‘vulnerable’ 15-year-old girl who may have run away with someone she met on the internet after telling family she was going to the store 11 days ago and that she had disappeared

  • Madison, 15, has been missing from her foster home since April 26, 11 days ago
  • She is white, about 5ft tall and of medium build with shoulder length brown hair
  • Madison has been missing since leaving her home in Bristol’s Southmead area
  • She is known to use it to meet new people looking for money and accommodation and police fear she is being exploited as a vulnerable girl.

A ‘vulnerable’ 15-year-old disappeared 11 days after telling her foster parents she was going shopping.

Madison, known as Maddie, left her foster home in Bristol’s Southmead area on April 26 and has not been seen since.

Cops say Madison is an avid user of social media and has been known to use it to meet new people looking for money and housing. They fear she has been exploited by someone she met on the internet.

Avon and Somerset Police have already made two calls since her disappearance and describe her as white, around 5ft tall and of medium build with shoulder-length brown hair.

Madison, 15, is missing and police fear she may have been exploited

Avon and Somerset Police have already made two calls since her disappearance and describe her as white, around 5ft tall and of medium build with shoulder-length brown hair.

Detective Inspector Stuart Toms said: ‘She is a vulnerable teenager who is at risk of exploitation and we urgently need the public’s help in locating her and making sure she is okay.

‘Maddie – if you see this let someone know you are safe and healthy. Your family, adoptive parents and friends are worried about you.

Madison has not been contacted on social media, but she regularly changes her accounts, police say, making it harder to contact her reliably online.

“Our previous calls haven’t generated much so we’re asking people to share this call far and wide so we can reach as many people as possible.” DI Toms added.

According to independent fact-checkers Full Fact, 75,918 children were reported missing by UK police forces based on 2018/2019 data.

The UK Missing Persons Unit registers 1,514 children as long-term missing, meaning they have been missing for more than 28 days in England, Wales and Scotland (data for Northern Ireland does not are not available).

Most cases of missing children found (52%) are found within eight hours and 80% within 24 hours.

Police are asking anyone who sees Madison to call 999 and provide the call handler with reference 5222098703.

Anyone with information on where Madison might be or who sees her online should call 101 quoting the same reference.

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