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Police ask for public's help finding teen runaway

Palmetto, Florida -- The Palmetto Police Department is asking for the public's help locating a missing 14-year-old girl.

Isabel Mendez was reported missing on Jan. 16 when she failed to return home from Palmetto High School. She has not contacted her family since then, although family and friends have seen her several times over the past few weeks.

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Police say she was seen at the Manatee County Fair at the end of January by family members, but ran from them when they tried to approach her. Isabel is not believed to be in any immediate danger and is believed to be staying with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Luis Sanchez.

Palmetto Police Investigators and Isabel's family have followed up with many of her friends and acquaintances, but none claim to have any information about her whereabouts.

Anyone with any information about Isabel's location is urged to contact their local law enforcement agency or the Palmetto Police Department at 721-2000. Officers would like to remind the public that it can be a crime to knowingly harbor a juvenile that they know to be a run-away, without making any efforts to contact law enforcement or the juvenile's family.

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