COVINGTON - The Covington Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a juvenile who has been missing since Friday.
Fourteen-year-old Robin Hardie was working with her mother at the family business, New Shoez, on the Square next to Passion Community Church, and apparently left the business while her mother was in the back room.
"She normally helps run the store, runs errands and things like that. At some point, she apparently walked out the door and didn't come back," said CPD Detective Daniel Seals.
Seals, who said he's worked dozens of runaway cases, said this case doesn't "feel" like a runaway and police officers are concerned.
"We're not calling it a kidnapping. We're calling it missing," Seals said. "It's a bit of a mystery right now. We want to know why and where. Right now, we don't care about the why. We care about the where. We'll worry about why later. Our No. 1 concern is that she's OK and doesn't need anything."
Hardie is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing approximately 138 pounds. She is a native of Jamaica but has no accent. She has been a student at Eastside High School, but has most recently been home schooled.
"She doesn't have many close friends here in Covington," Seals said. "She's met quite a few people around the Square and they all remember her as being a very attractive, very intelligent and well-spoken young woman. But nobody remembers seeing her since Friday."
He said the teen did make a few acquaintances when she went to Eastside High School and detectives have been in touch with them, but no one has heard from her. She has relatives in Jamaica, Florida and New York, but none of them say they have heard from her, either.
Seals said that evidence showed that the girl or someone went to her home and took a few items, including a multi-colored rolling backpack.
"Normally, when a 14-year-old girl runs away, there are a lot of personal items missing, kinda like packing for a trip," Seals said. "Not in this case. Only some items were taken. We don't know if this was because she was rushed, or it was a last-minute decision or what."
Seals said the girl does not have a cell phone nor access to a bank account. There has been no credit card activity.
He said Hardie's mother began phoning anybody she could think of Friday and when she contacted the CPD, they began going back over those friends and relatives, but have, so far, gleaned nothing.
"In cases of a traditional runaway, there usually have been tumultuous arguments with family ... there's almost always something that's been said to a friend or something has been set up. Not here," he said.
Seals said any tip, no matter how small or insignificant, would be appreciated from the public.
"Even if somebody can say, 'I was driving around the Square and I saw somebody that looked like her walking in this direction,'" Seals said. "We'll take anything."
Anyone who thinks they may have information about the missing girl can call Lt. Mark Jones at 770-385-2123 or the CPD tip line at 770-786-7605. Tips can be given to the CPD anonymously by visiting their Web site at www.covingtonpolice.com and clicking on "contact us" and then "secret witness."