Sunday, December 23, 2012

Police, family worry about Hilltop teen missing for 3 weeks:


Police, family worry about Hilltop teen missing for 3 weeks

By  JoAnne Viviano  The Columbus Dispatch

Family photo Chantasja Silva has been missing since Dec. 3. 
She has brown eyes and black hair and may wear a wig. 
She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds.

Columbus police are asking the public for help in finding a 15-year-old Hilltop girl whose mother last saw her when taking her to West High School on the morning of Dec. 3. 

Carlithia Silva said it’s as if her daughter, Chantasja, has “disappeared without a trace.”
“I can’t celebrate Christmas. I can’t decorate her room,” she said today. 

“It’s killing me for my daughter not to be here and me not to know anything. I just want her back.”
Silva said she was looking out a window washing dishes on the afternoon of Dec. 3 when she saw her son, Aquelinc, walking home without his sister. She sent him back for her, but he couldn’t find her. 

Since then, Silva, her husband, Ron, their three sons and other family members have been posting fliers, asking questions and searching.

Detective Jon Compson said Chantasja was seen on a surveillance camera at the school on the day she disappeared but police have no clues to her whereabouts. She is listed as an endangered runaway; Compson said police don’t know if she left on her own accord.

Her photo has been added to the listings on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website.

“This one here is starting to get us concerned ... especially with all the human trafficking,” Compson said. “We’re going on three weeks with no activity, no leads, nothing.” 

Chantasja, who goes by the nicknames Nai Nai and Tasja, is black with brown eyes and black hair and may wear a wig. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds.

The family is close, having moved to Columbus from Canton in Stark County in 2001, Mrs. Silva said. Her daughter did not have a cellphone and was not allowed online out of concerns for her safety, she said. 

Now a freshman, Chantasja was homeschooled as an eighth-grader so she wouldn’t have to stay in middle school without her brother, who is one grade her senior.

“I felt it was safer for both my kids to be together ... and then this happens and my daughter turns up missing anyway,” Mrs. Silva said.

“She’s somewhere in this city, and I’m just praying to God we find her alive. It’s been too long.”
Anyone with information about Chantasja Silva’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Columbus Police Division at 614-645-4624 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.
@JoAnne Viviano 

 


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