Four-year old Shaniya Wendy Jacques-Louis vanished from outside her own apartment building Friday afternoon, say authorities, who were still searching for her late Saturday night.
Miami Police and the FBI are asking for help finding the girl, who was last seen wearing wearing a blue and black shirt, purple shorts and shoes, and knee-high black socks. She wore her hair in braids with blue bows.
Shaniya was last seen at 36 NE 64th Terrace, an apartment building. Miami police Officer Frederica Burden said the girl lives in the apartment building.
Late Saturday, police released a sketch of a man who was seen in the area just before Shaniya disappeared. He is described as being of thin build and about 6 feet tall. He was seen wearing a black-and-white polo with horizontal stripes, blue jeans and bright orange shoes. They are asking for help identifying the man. It’s not clear what connection he may to have the missing toddler.
The young girl was playing with friends in front of her building on Friday about 4 p.m. when she disappeared, but police found “discrepancies” in the stories that witnesses have told about Shaniya’s disappearance, Burden said.
People interviewed by police have alternately said that they lost sight of her when she went around to the other side of the house while playing. Police have also been told that the children she was playing with were called away by their grandmother, and when they returned, Shaniya was gone.
In either case, it appears Shaniya was left alone for a brief period of time, Burden said.
Anyone with information about the toddler’s disappearance or can help identify the man sought by police can share tips by:
Calling Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 or visiting their website at crimestoppersmiami.com. You can remain anonymous.
*Calling the Miami Police Department Special Victims Unit at 305-603-6300.
* Calling 1-800-225-5324 and selecting option 5.
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