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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Area girl still missing over 2 months later

  • Area law enforcement agencies are continuing to follow up with leads regarding a teenager with ties to the area who was reported missing more than two months ago.
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  • Area law enforcement agencies are continuing to follow up with leads regarding a teenager with ties to the area who was reported missing more than two months ago.
    Kylie Marie Long, 15, was last seen getting into a yellow sports utility vehicle Jan. 28 near Houston, Mo., in Texas County.
    Long, who is originally from Rolla, is described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing about 120 pounds. She has dark hair and brown eyes.
    Detective Joby Hoops, of the Texas County Sheriff’s Department, said the department was notified that she had gone missing from the Division of Family Services.
    Long had been living in a foster care home in Texas County for some time. Previous to that, she lived with her mother, Amber Malone.
    “She (Long) was having problems with the foster home down there,” Malone told the Daily News.
    According to Malone, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) staff or volunteers visited Long in the foster care home and talked to her.
    Malone and Cindy Turner, Long’s grandmother, said they feel there were signs that Long was planning to run away. They said a student from her school told the principal that Long was talking about running away.
    Hoops said the sheriff’s department learned that Long did not return to her foster care home Jan. 28 and was last seen walking away from a school in Houston, Mo., with another student.
    That student was interviewed, Hoops said, and he told law enforcement authorities that she “had been in contact with some family who was picking her up.”
    She was last seen getting into a yellow Nissan Pathfinder. Hoops said no license plate information was given.
    "We have no leads on where she is," said Malone.
    Hoops said tips have been received that Long was somewhere between Columbia and Joplin and that she may possibly be going by an alias.
    Information about Long has been entered into the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES) so that if any law enforcement agency in the state comes across her or receives information about her, they are aware.
    Since then, both the Texas County Sheriff’s Department and the Rolla Police Department have received tips and reports about this case, but follow-ups on the leads have not resulted in locating Long yet.
    “If any new leads come in, we follow up with them. We want to try find her,” said Sgt. Hank Harper, of the Rolla Police Department.
    Hoops said an AMBER Alert was not issued for Long when she first was reported missing because requirements for the alert had not been met.
    “It didn’t meet the qualifications,” Hoops said. “We would have had to prove that she was abducted and not a runaway.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Texas County Sheriff’s Office at 417-967-4165, the Houston Police Department 417-967-3348 or the Rolla Police Department at 573-308-1213 or the RPD confidential tip line at 573-364-0111.

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