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Madison police search for runaway child

Girl, 12, has been missing since Dec. 20

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published January 6, 2016

 Police are searching for Kimari McIver, 12, who appears to have run away from her Madison Heights home on Dec. 20.

Police are searching for Kimari McIver, 12, who appears to have run away from her Madison Heights home on Dec. 20.

Photo provided by the Madison Heights Police Department

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Authorities are trying to find a young girl who appears to have run away from her father’s home in Madison Heights.

The missing person is Kimari McIver, a 12-year-old black girl, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 130 pounds, with medium-length brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen around 8 p.m. Dec. 20, 2015.

She was reportedly wearing pajama pants and a T-shirt, but her father told police she may have changed her clothes prior to leaving home.

She may now be wearing blue jeans with tears/holes in them, a plaid shirt, a black leather jacket, and black Nike Air Force I shoes.

It is believed she went missing voluntarily.

“This not the first time she’s done this, according to her parents,” said Madison Heights Deputy Police Chief Corey Haines. “This is not the first time she’s left home without their permission.

“The best information we have is she left her home via her bedroom window, so it was unknown to the father when she left,” Haines said.

“Prior to this occurrence, she had been regularly residing with her mother, who lives outside Madison Heights. Her mom had brought her to her father’s house and she had been staying with him for about a week prior to her disappearance.”

Haines said that Madison Heights has had several runaway juvenile cases in the past, and in each case the child was found.

“There were many different reasons why they disappeared,” Haines said. “In some cases, they were upset with their parents; they weren’t happy with the rules their parents set down, so this was their way of trying to a prove a point. Some of them were because they had a boyfriend who’s a bit older and they thought they could be out there on their own unsupervised.”

At press time Dec. 30, an Amber Alert had not been issued. Those are generally reserved for children who have been abducted, and/or who are known to be in grave physical harm, perhaps due to who they’re with or because of some kind of disability.

Still, police are not taking this case lightly.

“There are several concerns,” Haines said. “First and foremost, it’s her age. At 12 years old, she’s not able to take care of herself — she has no form of income or place to stay that’s safe. Again, in this case we don’t know who she may be with. There are fears she may be with someone who is trying to exploit her. At 12, she shouldn’t be out there on her own.”

The police have contacted news media. They’ve also investigated all leads they have so far.

“The youth officer has been down in the city of Detroit, checking a few addresses that were a possibility where she could’ve been, but she wasn’t there,” Haines said. “We are actively investigating this case.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kimari McIver are asked to call Madison police at (248) 585-2100.

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