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Girl, 14, missing from safe house

By Camille Bethel camille.bethel@trinidadexpress.com

A 14-year-old girl who was placed in a safe house has gone missing.

Mariah Berkeley, a form three pupil of St Francois Girls College, Belmont, went missing from the safe house on Sunday night and has not been seen or heard from since.

Berkeley's parents, Laura Samuel and Sherman Berkeley, told the Express they are worried about their daughter, who was placed in the safe house because she is involved in a police matter.

"The police put her there and she said she was comfortable there, but the people at the safe house did a head count around 9.45 p.m. on Sunday and found that she was missing," her mother said.

"We are not sure what she was wearing because no one saw when she left, but one of the young ladies was saying that she, Mariah, told them that she has the court matter on Wednesday but does not want to go to court," Samuel said.

Berkeley's father said his daughter was sent to the safe house but she lives in a stable home environment.

"She has no problems at home, we just want her to come home, we just want her home," he said.

The teen's parents said the police are investigating the matter and anyone with information on their daughter's whereabouts can call 307-1141 or 491-7964.

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