Arizona Authorities Step Up Search for Missing Youths, Seek Public Help in Maricopa and Phoenix Cases

Arizona Authorities Step Up Search for Missing Youths, Seek Public Help in Maricopa and Phoenix CasesSource: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Aisha Khan
Published on February 12, 2024

The Arizona community is on high alert as several young individuals throughout the state have been reported missing. Among the many cases, the Maricopa and Salt River Police Departments are searching for teens who left their group home on January 28 and have not been seen since, and Lucas Enos, 17, who was last seen in his Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community home on December 11, 2023, according to information from FOX 10 Phoenix.

Reports confirm that Annabelle Barrientos, Laina Osife, Harmony Davis, and Velma Fulwilder vanished around 10:30 p.m., sparking concerns regarding their safety. Shortly after their disappearance, the Maricopa Police pleaded for the public's assistance, urging anyone with information to contact them at 520-568-3673. Specifying the case of Lucas Enos, he is described as 5'7" tall, weighing 155lbs, with brown hair and black eyes. Salt River Police are asking those who might know of his whereabouts to contact them at (480) 850-9230.

The unsettling trend extends beyond the Phoenix area as various police departments state-wide have reported missing persons. As per Missing and Unsolved, Douglass and Casa Grande authorities are searching for 15-year-olds Orlando Amaya, missing since November 29, 2023, and Juan Delcid, who disappeared on January 29. Phoenix Police are involved in several cases, including 16-year-old Angelisa Muniz who went missing on February 4, and 14-year-old Brandon Delaney last seen on December 26, 2023.

With Arizona grappling the pain of uncertainty, families and officials alike are holding onto hope. Law enforcement agencies continue tirelessly searching for the missing youths and encourage the public's engagement in these cases. Should anyone have pertinent information, they are asked to come forward and help reunite these individuals with their loved ones. Among the list, a concerning case is that of 15-year-old Hailee Alger, who disappeared on February 6 and has prompted the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to issue a call to action, asking anyone with information to dial 1-602-876-1000. These incidents, each a family's nightmare, punctuate the vital need for community vigilance and support.

Multiple individuals have vanished under circumstances that beg for answers. Enveloped by the vast stretches of desert and the close-knit urban sprawls alike, Arizona's heart aches for its missing sons and daughters. The authorities, from Coconino to Maricopa to Pima, carry the burden, knowing that each call for information, each poster with faces frozen in time, represents a hope not yet extinguished, a story not yet concluded. They implore, as does the community, for anyone who can shine light on these disappearances to step forward.