Authorities believe the teenager could be in danger.
Family pleads for safe return of 14-year-old Aaliyah Ramirez who went missing in Indiana while walking to bus stop three weeks ago
The search continues for Aaliyah Ramirez, a 14-year-old girl from Syracuse, Indiana, who disappeared on her way to the bus stop on April 27, 2021. She never made it to school and never returned home.
Nearly three weeks have passed without any sign of the teen and her family told Dateline they are worried.
“I just want my daughter back home,” Aaliyah’s father, Anthony Ramirez, told Dateline. “I want her found safe.”
Video footage from a doorbell camera at the apartment building where she lives with her father and younger sisters captured images of Aaliyah minutes before her disappearance.
Anthony told Dateline that everything was fine with his daughter and that he has no reason to think she would have run away.
“It was a totally normal day,” he said, adding that the night before, Aaliyah had called him into her room excited to talk to him about something she had seen in the news regarding a UFC fighter who had been injured just days prior.
The next day she was gone.
Anthony, who works as a traveling welder, told Dateline it wasn’t until later that afternoon that he got a call that his daughter never showed up to school.
There were theories that the 14-year-old was a runaway, but Anthony said he believes someone has taken his daughter.
“As a father, I just knew something was wrong,” he said. “She’s in trouble and we need to get her home safe.”
The day after Aaliyah went missing, a statewide Silver Alert was declared by the Syracuse Police Department, and remains in effect three weeks later. Syracuse dispatcher Michelle Hyden directed Dateline to the latest release on Aaliyah’s disappearance, which states that authorities believe the teen to be in danger.
Syracuse police officials told NBC affiliate WPTV that Aaliyah may be heading to Marion, Indiana, or Palm Beach County, Florida, where she has family. Her father also believes she may be in Florida and being held against her will.
Aaliyah’s mother, Ashli Aspy, who lives about two hours away in Hartford City, Indiana told Dateline that their family dynamic is complicated and there have been accusations, but she hopes what she says are upcoming polygraph tests being done by the police will clear up the drama.
Aaliyah Ramirez has been missing since the last week of April. Police said she may be in Marion, Indiana, Georgia, or Palm Beach County, Florida. Aaliyah, from Syracuse, Indiana, disappeared on her way to the bus stop on April 27, 2021. She never...
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