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UPDATE: Elementary school girl missing in Will County since last week found

UPDATE: The Will County Sheriff’s Office has reported that the girl has been found and checked on by local law enforcement. No details have been announced. Original copy below.


WILL COUNTY – The Will County Sheriff’s Office is requesting help from the public in an effort to find a 9-year-old girl missing.

According to the Sheriff’s office, Nalaya S. Patterson-Dean first was reported missing last Wednesday, September 15th.  She has not been seen in her elementary school since.

“Nalaya is reported to be in the custody of her biological father, Jovontae Dean.  Dean is considered Nalaya’s custodial guardian and no criminal charges have been filed,” the Will County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Nalaya was reported missing by extended family.

“If located, a health-welfare check should be conducted on Nalaya by law enforcement officials.  She is entered into the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) as a missing juvenile.Jovontae Dean and Nalaya Patterson-Dean may be traveling with Jovontae’s girlfriend, Madison Haney.”

Any information can be sent to Detective Topolewski at 815-405-0816 or email her at:  ktopolewski@willcosheriff.org.  Or call the Will County Sheriff’s Office at 815-727-8575.

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