Evanston police reported Friday that Alishianna A. Harris, 17, who was reported missing last month and was located in Chicago, is missing again, and the public’s help is requested.

Harris, who is developmentally and intellectually delayed, according to police, left her home during the overnight hours yesterday, with no money, credit cards, or cell phone in her possession.

However, she does know how to utilize public transportation, especially the Chicago Transit Authority’s “L” train, police said.

The teen is 5-feet-5-inches-tall, weighs 200 pounds, has black hair, medium complexion, with a half-inch scar above her left eye, according to police.

She was last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with rhinestone lettering and a grey King Lab shirt with Alishianna spelled out in the front in blue lettering, police said.    

Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact the Evanston Police Department at (847) 866-5000 and ask for the juvenile detective bureau or utilize Text-A-Tip at CRIMES (274637) and entering EPDTIP in the message line with the tip information.

Update 4:30 p.m.: Evanston police now report that Harris was located in good health this morning in Harvey, Illinois, by police there who were contacted by a concened citizen.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Could technology help?

    Based on the information from police, this girl is at a high risk of harm when she leaves her home and goes missing.  Could technology help keep her safe?  What kind of system could be put in place to do that?  For example, could technology be used to alert others in the home that she has entered an area immediately adjacent to an outside door or exit window?

    The tendency to leave home is common among those with Alzheimer's.  Is something available to help?  Would a security alarm system be an option?

    1. Interesting concept

      That is an interesting concept but my guess the ACLU would not approve or the Moran Center in Evanston. At risk youth with GPS trackers would help reduce crime, that is for sure. Probably help solve some too. 

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