UPDATE: 15-year-old Shania Beckford, who was first reported missing on Tuesday, 7 March, has been located and returned safely. She appears to be in good health. The RCIPS thanks the public for their assistance in locating her.
(CMR) Police have conducted a search along the shore and in water after missing teen Shania Beckford evaded them along Seven Mile Public Beach Monday night.
Reports from the RCIPS are that shortly before 10:40 pm last night, 13 March, officers responded to a report that missing teens Jahsmine Ebanks, Shania Beckford, and Jemma Watson had been seen on Seven Mile Public Beach in the vicinity of the former Calico Jacks site.
Officers in the area attended the location, and Jahsmine and Jemma were taken into custody; however, Shania evaded the officers and ran south along the beach, with officers subsequently losing sight of her.
Out of an abundance of caution, officers immediately conducted searches along the shoreline and in the water, with the assistance of the Air Operations Unit and the Coast Guard, but have so far been unable to locate her. Searches continue in the area this morning in an effort to locate her and ensure her well-being.
Officers are strongly encouraging Shania to attend the nearest police station or make contact to establish that she is safe and well. Any member of the public who sees Shania or is aware of her whereabouts is also encouraged to contact 9-1-1, or the West Bay Police Station at 949-3999.
Anonymous tips can be provided directly to the RCIPS via their Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, or via their website.
Jemma and Jahsmine have both been returned safely.