Kiara Miller and Sanaria Norwood critically missing from Milwaukee Found

UPDATE 7/29/13 – Members of the family tell TODAY’S TMJ4 that 13-year-old Sanaria Norwood has been found safely. Both girls have now been recovered.

UPDATE 7/29/13 – Miller was found just before midnight Sunday. According to Milwaukee Police,  by her dad who saw her crossing the street on the 27th Street viaduct.  Norwood is still missing.

 These two girls have been missing since around 7 p.m. on Saturday night.

Kiara Miller, 11, and Sanaria Norwood, 13 are missing from Milwaukee.  Both girls are best friends and were last seen together leaving Kiara’s house at the 100 block of N. 40th Street to walk to Washington Park at the 1800 block of N. 40th Street around 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

Please note that one story said that Kiara’s mom, Vanessa Moralez, gave them permission to go, but were to return in an hour.  The girls returned around 6, and asked to go back to the park, which Moralez okayed.  They were told to return by 8 p.m.  BUT, another story says the girls met up at the park and then returned to Kiara’s mom’s house and got permission to go back to the park.

When the girls did not return by 8 p.m., Moralez tried to call Sanaria’s mother, but could not find it on Kiara’s phone.  This concerns me because if Kiara had a phone, why was she not carrying it.  A phone can be so valuable to help track a child, let alone call them, so I do not understand why she did not have the phone with her.

Moralez went to Washington Park and could not locate the girls and then went to Sanaria’s house and no one was there. 

Finally at approximately 12:30 a.m., Sunday Moralez reported Kiara missing.  Now at this point it has been at least 3 1/2 hours since the 8 curfew time.  I do not understand why the police were not called as soon as it got dark.  Young kids always head home when it becomes dark and the fact they did not make it home either means they intended to not be there or someone was keeping them from being there.

I am also having a hard time understanding Moralez giving both the girls permission to go to the park.  As a mother, I never, ever gave permission to someone’s child unless I made that child call their parent and ask them if it was okay and I was sure the parent knew the circumstances.  What about you?

Moralez finally reached Sanaria’s mom.  She had thought all along that Sanaria was spending the night at Kiara’s house.  Here we go again.  Confirmation of a child spending the night at someone else’s needs to be double checked by adults.  Not double-checking and talking with the friends mother is not good.  Double checking not only confirms that it is alright with the parents, it also lets both children know that you are checking up on them.

The authorities are calling the girls critically missing which means they are at an elevated risk of danger if not located asap. 

Kiara is 5 feet 1 inch and 145 pounds, has curly shoulder-length black hair and lives in the 4400 block of W. North Ave. She was last seen wearing a pink Abercrombie & Fitch zip-up sweater, blue jeans and Nike tennis shoes in gray, white and pink.
Sanaria, who also goes by the nickname Ri-Ri, is 5 feet 1 inch, 90 pounds, has short curly black hair with blond highlighted tips. She lives in the 2500 block of N. 39th St. She was last seen wearing pink and white pajama pants, a purple tank top and a purple Gucci sweatshirt.

Kiara attends Waukesha Middle School, and her friend, Sanaria R. Norwood, 13, is an eighth-grader at Roosevelt Middle School.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Milwaukee Police Department’s Sensitive Crimes Division at (414) 935-7403.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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