Teressa Raiford, a relative of missing and presumed dead 14-year-old Yashanee Vaughn, of Portland, Oregon, is asking the police to change its policy on how they handle missing children’s reports.
“We’re dealing with a minor,” Raiford said, “What can we do to change the process?”
Parrish Bennett, 16, has been arrested in connection with the murder of Yashanee.
Lt Bryan Parman of the Portland Police said they receive 1,600 missing juvenile cases a year.
Is this even more of a reason they need to change their policy or is it a reason they should let it remain as is.
Parman said that the investigators received info on March 28, that changed their minds that Yashanee might be a victim of foul play. (Maybe that is the day that Parrish told them he killed her.)
I wonder if they had not “labeled” her as a runaway in the first place, if they would have come to that conclusion a week earlier.
Because of the amount of missing juveniles every year, it could be that Portland Police, and in fact, many other police dept. might be overwhelmed and becoming complacent.
What do you think? Let me hear from you. Should NO child be labeled a runaway?