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The North Platte Police Department is looking for missing teen last seen in July

Aracely Sanchez is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs around 120 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 7:11 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2020 at 8:12 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Authorities in North Platte are looking for a 17-year-old girl who hasn’t been seen for over a month.

Aracely Sanchez is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs around 120 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

According to the North Platte Police Department, she was last seen July 30th and is believed to be in North Platte. Sanchez is one of fifteen teens who have gone missing this year.

Law enforcement said an Endangered Missing Person’s Alert is activated when a vulnerable person goes missing. Amber Alerts are activated when a child, 17 years of age and under are kidnapped.

North Platte Police Department Public Information Officer Matt Elder said neither of the two alerts have been activated in Sanchez’s case because she is classified as a runaway. Still, law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in finding her.

“A lot of times juveniles can just disappear and a lot of times, the kids don’t know who they are talking to online, they can just meet some guy that they’ve been talking to for quite a while and get in the car and leave if they want to,” said Elder. "Now, when people hear missing juvenile, they immediately go to the sex trafficking or the human trafficking that kind of thing or that they were kidnapped something like that; although those cases are out there we don’t see a lot of them around here thankfully, but social media does play a part. I think it helps get the word out that way people all across the state and other states can see and say, "‘hey there is a Nebraska car here. Oh, I saw that on Facebook that’s a missing kid.'”

So far, fourteen of the fifteen teens who were missing this year have been found. Twenty-one teens were reported missing last year.

Elder also added once a teen is located by law enforcement their work doesn’t end there.

“We have to make contact with them in person to make sure they are home, we can’t just take somebody’s word for it say, “hey they showed back up," he said. "We contact either HHS or probation. If they are on probation, we’ll contact them see if they want to get involved and they kind of take over. The juvenile can be placed in a juvenile holding facility or they can be left at home, which is kind of basically a case by case situation.”

If you have any information on Sanchez’s whereabouts, you are asked to call 308-534-8400 or place your anonymous tip online at lincolncountycrimestoppers.com

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