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Missing teen considered runaway

Caitlin Rickard • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Police are continuing to look for a missing Lebanon teenager, though now it seems as if she has run away.

Deshon L. Crawford, 16, of Lebanon, was last seen at her home late Aug. 30.

According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, police had heard from a friend of Crawford’s who said she saw her last week.

“She told her friend she was fine and ‘good luck finding me,’” Bowen said.

The girl’s mother, Melissa Crawford Holdeman, told police her daughter climbed out of a bathroom window sometime between 11 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday, and she has not seen or heard from her since.

Crawford has brown hair and hazel eyes, is 5-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs 123 pounds.

She was last seen wearing yellow basketball shorts, purple and green Nikes and a black tank top.

Bowen said police could not issue an Amber alert for Crawford because she apparently ran away, but police are nonetheless doing “absolutely everything [they] can to find her.”

“It appears she ran away and we’re obviously still working on this case, but there’s a big difference between being missing and being a runaway,” Bowen said.

Bowen said all the information police have gathered points to Crawford not wanting to be found.

“It looks to us like she’s fine, and she wants to be gone,” Bowen said.

Bowen said at this time police had no reason to believe Crawford was in any danger.

“Her friend said she is fine, so we think she is just purposely avoiding us and avoiding being found,” Bowen said.

There will be a poster party for Crawford on Wednesday at noon at Demo’s Restaurant in Lebanon. Those who wish to attend should RSVP to Center For Search and Investigations for missing children by Tuesday at 9 a.m. and arrive at Demo’s by noon. Lunch will be provided.

Those attending should bring printed CFSI letter-size flyers, clear packing tape, scissors and water bottles.

Anyone with information leading to Crawford’s location should contact the Lebanon Police Department at 615-444-2323, private investigator John Forster at 615-788-8031 or Chuck Foreman at 512-644-9856.

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