NYPD: Case of missing Staten Island girl is not being treated as an abduction
Published: Saturday, August 04, 2012, 10:02 AM Updated: Saturday, August 04, 2012, 6:31 PM
By Staten Island Advance
Katarina Rikic is shown in this Staten Island Advance photo taken in June.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The NYPD and community members searched without luck overnight for a 12-year-old girl who went missing Friday from her Silver Lake home.
The office of the NYPD's deputy commissioner of public information said the case is not being treated as an abduction, but rather as a missing persons case.
No information was given on what might be behind her disappearance, which was first reported on SILive.com at 11 p.m. Friday.
Katarina Rikic, of 16 Rose Court, was last seen at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
She wears braces and is considered tall for her age at 5-feet-8; she weighs 130 pounds.
Her reddish-blond hair is shoulder-length. She has a mole on the left side of her face and a birthmark on her elbow.
NYPD radio transmissions Saturday morning said she was carrying a Nike-branded duffel bag.
The disappearance shook North Shore community Friday night, as family and friends canvassed the neighborhood, and police helicopters shined light in darkened areas to aid in the search.
Police are also searching area buildings and hospitals -- routine in such cases.
That search continued Saturday morning, as frantic residents combed the streets for any sign of the girl.
A police source said she was wearing flip-flops, a blue shirt and blue shorts. Police radio transmissions Friday night said Katarina had been wearing white sweat pants.
Katarina is a student at Blessed Sacrament School in West Brighton, which last night issued an automated phone call to the school community seeking information about the girl.