Eliana Perkins was last seen getting into a strange man’s car in Seattle on January 16. She is 13-years-old and considered missing by the Seattle police, the man has been described as being in his 30s. The suspect is of Mexican descent with a scar on his nose.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Seattle Police Erroneously Said They Found Eliana on January 20
The description of the suspect in the abduction came from a child witness. It’s unclear if that child is a friend of Eliana’s. On January 20, the Seattle Police Department took to Twitter to help expand the search for the girl writing, “Missing: Eliana Perkins. 13yo 5’2/120. Last seen 1/16 getting into wht Honda w/man in 30s on MLK Wy. Call 911 w/info.” Around seven hours after that tweet, the Seattle cops erroneously tweeted that Eliana had been found, they swiftly corrected that mistake.
Eliana got into the car at around 2:30 p.m. on January 16. She was wearing a black NorthFace wind breaker, a black sweater, black snowflake printed leggings and grey Ugg boots. Q13 in Seattle reports that Eliana got on the Number 8 city bus on 23rd and Jackson at 8:20 a.m. Her mother said “She wanted to go on her own and she wanted me to trust her to go on her own and to come back on her own so I just told her to get on the bus and I have not seen her since.”
Q13 reports that she was heading to Southlake High School but got off before that stop, along Martin Luther King way. She later arrived at the school with an unknown man. Eliana left the school with that man. Despite police saying she was last seen on MLK Way, 3.5 miles from Southlake High School. King5 reports that Eliana had been attending the high school as part of a middle school re-entry program. According to her mother, Eliana has been suspended for behavioral issues.
2. Her Mother Says That a Man Speaking Spanish Answered Her Daughter’s Phone
In a Facebook post on January 19, Eliana’s mother, Genel Perkins, said “I just need to know she is safe.” She went on to talk about the man who may have taken her daughter. She offered her daughter’s phone number, saying that Eliana answered her phone at 5 p.m. on January 16. When she called back on January 17, a man speaking Spanish answered. Genel asked her Facebook friends if anybody who speaks Spanish could call the number. Some say they did but got no answer.
3. Several Older Men Had Contacted Eliana on Facebook
Eliana Perkins appears to have several active Facebook accounts. The latest activity is on this page. A picture posted on that page received comments from men who Perkins didn’t appear to know. Those men tell her she’s “pretty” and “cute.” Another man asks if she has the video chat app Oovoo.
4. Seattle Cops Don’t Have Any Leads
Q13 in Seattle reports a Detective Drew Fowler telling them that they don’t have any leads about Perkins’ whereabouts. Detective Fowler told the station, “There is a grave concern for her safety…being that she is so young and that we don’t know where she is or who she is with. We are searching multiple addresses, looking through social media pages hoping for any kind of clue that we can confirm she is OK and reunited her with her family but we don’t have a lot of information to on from this starting point.”
5. 76% of Kidnapped Children Are Dead Within 3 Hours
According to Missingkids.com, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children assists agencies in searching for abducted children after 24 hours. The website also says that 200,000 children are abducted every year by family members, 58,000 by non-family members. On the FBI’s website, there are 462,567 missing children registered. The site says that the first three hours in a missing child case are critical as 2006 study indicated that 76 percent of kidnapped children are dead within the first three hours.