Lancaster County police in Pennsylvania were searching this week for a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing. The East Lampeter Township Police Department was attempting to locate Lennon Marcum, who may have run away from her family’s home, local media outlet ABC 27 reported Monday.
Studies have shown that one in seven youths aged 10 to 18 will run away and that 75 percent of those young people are females, the National Conference of State Legislatures reported. There are different reasons why people choose to run away. Some of the common reasons include transitioning from foster care to some other public systems, family problems or economic problems.
Marcum left her house Saturday and has not been seen since. Marcum was described as having a thin build and standing at five foot four. The teen has green eyes and long black hair.
This is not the first girl to go missing in Lancaster County in recent days. 15-year-old Casey Ceccarani who was last seen on Oct. 29 at Hope's Haven Residential Services in Martic Township before she was found safe early Tuesday morning. The girl was taken to state police in Lancaster, where they waited for her foster family to pick her up.
The FBI’s National Crime Information Center has active missing person records for 84,961 people, 38.9 percent of which are juveniles under the age of 18. Files of missing people are kept until the person is located or the report is canceled. Some of the people reported missing are categorized as missing due to a mental disability, missing under involuntary circumstances, juveniles under the age of 21 and other circumstances.
Anyone with information about Marcum’s disappearance is encouraged to call the local police department at 717-291-4676.