ALBANY — The Albany Police Department’s Family Protection Unit is soliciting the public’s assistance in an effort to locate a missing teenager.
ShaRhonda Seay, 15, is a student at Monroe High School and has been missing since Sept. 12. She has been known to run away from home, and authorities say they have no leads on where she might be.
Officials with the APD have said that anyone found sheltering or harboring ShaRhonda could face charges of interference with custody. Generally, a person commits this offense when he or so does the following without lawful authority:
— Knowingly or recklessly takes or entices any child or committed person away from the individual who has lawful custody of the child or committed person;
— Knowingly harbors any child or committed person who has absconded. This does not apply to a service provider who notifies the child’s parent, guardian or legal custodian of the child’s location and general state of well-being as soon as possible — but no later than 72 hours after the child’s acceptance of services.
Such notification is not required if the service provider has reasonable cause to believe that the minor has been abused or neglected and makes a child abuse report; the child will not disclose the name of his or her parent, guardian or legal custodian, and the Division of Family and Children Services within the Department of Human Services is notified within 72 hours of the child’s acceptance of services; or the child’s parent, guardian or legal custodian cannot be reached, and the DFCS is notified within 72 hours of the child’s acceptance of services.
— Intentionally and willfully retains possession, within this state, of the child or committed person upon the expiration of a lawful period of visitation with the child or committed person.
Anyone who has information regarding this runaway is asked to call Albany Communications at (229) 431-2132 or contact APD at (229) 431-2100.