TN AALIYAH WHITEHEAD: Missing from Camden, TN - 13 March 2023 - Age 14 *Found Safe*

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Story by Daniel Smithson • Friday
March 17, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued an Endangered Child Alert for a Benton County girl who has been missing since Monday.

Aaliyah Whitehead, 14, is 5 feet 1 inch tall, 140 pounds, and has red hair with green eyes. TBI says she was last seen on March 13 wearing a tie-dye hoodie, black leggings, and pink and black sneakers.

If you have seen Aaliyah, contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.



MEDIA - AALIYAH WHITEHEAD: Missing from Camden, TN - 13 March 2023 - Age 14
 
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by: Sierra Rains
Posted: Mar 20, 2023 / 02:38 PM CDT
Updated: Mar 20, 2023 / 04:14 PM CDT

BENTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A full week has passed since 14-year-old Aaliyah Whitehead was last seen leaving her home just outside of Camden.

Despite several search efforts, Whitehead’s mother, Alicia Laster, said there still have been few clues as to what could have happened to her only daughter.

“It’s like living your worst nightmare every single day,” Laster said. “No one thinks that their kid is going to be missing. We all think that’s just a TV thing, and my mind starts to go to the worst.”

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However, not long before her disappearance, Laster said she and her husband had started to have some concerns about their daughter’s well-being.

“We used every local resource that we could to try to get her some inpatient help,” Laster said. “We explained that we tried typical therapy where you go in every other week, and we were really concerned. We felt like she needed to be put inpatient somewhere where she was safe.”

Instead, Laster said they were told “just to keep an eye on her and make sure there was nothing she could harm herself with.” Laster said she was “terrified” when she realized Whitehead had run away from home on Monday, March 13.

Her husband called the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, and deputies began searching the neighborhood for Whitehead only about 15 minutes after Laster realized she was gone. However, there was no sign of her anywhere.

On Wednesday, March 15, authorities from the sheriff’s office and Madison County Fire Department organized a grid search in the Saddletree area. Deputies have also asked residents in the Hallshire area to check their surveillance and trail cameras.

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“Over the last week they’ve questioned every neighbor — anybody who has surveillance, they’ve looked into. Where I live there’s only a few people who have cameras,” Laster said. “They said they’ve been getting tips, but so far nothing has turned out to be her.”

Deputies continued their search the morning of Monday, March 20 at a river nearby Whitehead’s home. In addition, Laster said she and her husband have searched every place in town where their daughter could have gone and are continuing to pass out fliers each day in nearby towns.

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“Aaliyah, if you’re listening right now, please know that we love you more than anything and we want you to come home,” Laster said. “Anything can be worked out if you just come home. Your brothers need you. Your dad and I need you, and we miss you.”
 

By Tony Garcia, Chuck Morris and Danielle Jackson
Published: Mar. 16, 2023 at 3:11 PM EDT|Updated: 11 hours ago

CAMDEN, Tenn. (WSMV) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a video from a missing 14-year-old’s mom pleading for her daughter to return home.

Alisha Laster, the mom of 14-year-old Aaliyah Whitehead, pleaded for her daughter to return home, saying she and her family desperately missed her.

“Aaliyah, I want you to know how much we love you. We miss you so much,” Laster said in the video. “I just want you to come home. Please just reach out and get home to us. We love you.”

The TBI released the video on Tuesday, the same day as the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, TBI agents and other agencies searched an area around her home on Saddletree Road near Camden.

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“Whoever you’re with, please bring her home, bring her somewhere we can get her back,” Laster said. “To Aaliyah’s friends or anyone who has seen anything, please just report it. Anything that could possibly bring our daughter home is gonna help.”

Laster said Aaliyah is loves all types of art and she likes to sing and draw and paint.

“She loves helping people. She loves singing with our church. She loves playing with her brothers,” Laster said in the video. “Your family misses you so much. Your baby brother misses you playing with him. Your other brother misses playing video games with you, going places with you. Your dad misses just hanging out with you. I miss everything. I miss cooking with you. I miss watching TV with you. We all just miss you.”

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Video at link ~Summer
 

By: Kelly Broderick
Posted at 5:41 AM, Mar 23, 2023
and last updated 6:41 AM, Mar 23, 2023
CAMDEN, Tenn. (WTVF) — 14-year-old Aaliyah Whitehead was found safe after going missing last week in Benton County.

An endangered child alert was issued for the teen on March 16 by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on behalf of the Benton Co. Sheriff’s Office.

She was found not far from her home in a wooded area near Kentucky Lake. Crews continued to search non-stop, including overnight and officers located
Whitehead early this morning.

Sheriff Kenny Christopher says she was found cold and hungry but not injured. She was reunited briefly with her mother and then taken to the hospital for a physical examination.
 

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