IN ALEEYAH COCKBURN: Missing from Middlebury, IN - 10 Feb 2023 - Age 12 *Found Safe*

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MISSING: Silver Alert Issued for 12-year-old Indiana Girl in ‘Extreme danger’​

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana is seeking public tips after a 12-year-old child disappeared in Middlebury on Friday.

According to police, Aleeyah Cockburn was last seen at 9:54 p.m. on Friday, wearing a black beanie (with a donut image on the front), blue jeans, black boots, a black sweatshirt, and a gray and pink jacket.

Deputies were called to the 53000 block of State Road on Friday after Aleeyah reportedly left her home without consent. Police say the child is in extreme danger but haven’t yet provided additional details.


The hunt continues for a missing 12-year-old girl in Middlebury​

A silver alert has been declared for a missing 12-year-old girl in Middlebury, who is believed to be in great danger.

The Elkhart County Sherriff's Office is asking for help finding Aleeyah Cockburn.

The 80 pound 4'11 girl with green eyes, short black hair, and glasses was last seen Friday Night outside her family home near State Road 120 and State Road 13 in Middlebury, playing with her horses, wearing a pink multicolored jacket, black beanie, and muck boots.

At first, officials thought she may have run away, but her family doesn't know why she would leave the property, where she loves the animals and just received a new horse to share with her sister.

"she was wearing muck boots… because she loved her horses.. she's a very friendly girl…. Sometimes quieter than normal--- but she's a good kid with a good heart……please help us bring her home" said Virginia Cockburn, the girl's legal guardian.

The family is doing everything they can, hosting search events all around the area, handing out thousands of flyers, and administering this Facebook group. They still found time to express gratitude to the overwhelming amount of support from the community, and the Sherriff's office, while living in what they described as their worst nightmare.

"and we couldn’t be anymore thankful for all the support… that we've gotten for it.. we just hope we can do anything we can to bring Aleeyah home.. safe.. and unharmed," said Crystal Reynolds who put the group together.

But, they know they're work is not done yet and they have not lost hope.

"we'll never give up… were gonna keep searching.. family.. cousins.. aunts… were gonna be strong until we find you Aleeyah.. we love you," said Cockburn.

Anyone with information is advised to call the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office at 574-533-4151.

The family is also asking if anyone has the time to search, hang flyers, or fly drones over wooded areas please do, any effort helps.
 

Aleeyah Cockburn: Birth Mother Joins in Search for 12-year-old Girl Reported Missing in Indiana​

According to police, Aleeyah Cockburn was last seen at 9:54 p.m. on February 10, wearing a black beanie (with a donut image on the front), blue jeans, black boots, a black sweatshirt, and a gray and pink jacket.

Deputies were called to the 53000 block of State Road after initial reports indicated that Aleeyah reportedly left her home without consent. Police say the child is in extreme danger but haven’t yet provided additional details.

Police initially said she may have run away, but her family said she had no reason to leave and loved her home and animals, ABC 57 reports.


Aleeyah’s birth mother, Patricia Goodison, has also joined in the search and told ABC 57 that she wasn’t informed that Aleeyah disappeared until days later, on Sunday.

“Ever since I found out, I’ve tried to do as much searching as I possibly can, I’ve reached out to as many people as I possibly can, and I’ve been out here looking nonstop for her, and I’m not going to stop until she’s found and brought home,” Goodsin said.

Goodsin added that her boyfriend, Gabe Elswick, is assisting with organizing searches through a Facebook group created to raise awareness about Aleeyah’s disappearance.

Meanwhile, a community search has reportedly been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, starting at 11 a.m., at the Yup’s Ice Cream parking lot, which is near the area where Aleeyah was last seen.
 
Some of my family members live in this general area.
Middlebury is small. The surrounding area is mostly farms, with many RV factories within a 15 mile radius. There are many Amish/Mennonite families. Horse-drawn buggies are very common. "Downtown" Middlebury is about 4 blocks long. There is no public transportation such as busses, other than a private chartered bus company. The closest Amtrak station is in Elkhart. There are lots of wooded areas, and drivers have to keep an eye out for deer bounding across the road in front of cars.
There is Northridge Middle School and Northridge High School, which draw from nearby areas such as Bristol, to name just one area. The Michigan state line is very close to MIddlebury, and one of the towns right across the state line is White Pigeon, MI. The Indiana toll road is very close to Middlebury as well.





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map of Middlebury and surrounding area

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The Amish don't provide safe havens for upset teens, do they? Just asking because Aleeyah wasn't living with her bio-parents and that can be stressful for a middle schooler.
 
Local initial reports were saying Aleeyah was last seen just before 10 p.m., heading for the family barn to feed some of the animals. Apparently she did not usually feed the barn animals that late at night. When she disappeared, she was wearing a pair of "muck boots", according to the description. When she did not return after a short time, her family went looking for her.

Later reports stated that she was last seen at Yup's ice cream stand around 10 p.m. or just after 10.

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The Amish don't provide safe havens for upset teens, do they? Just asking because Aleeyah wasn't living with her bio-parents and that can be stressful for a middle schooler.
She apparently had been " adopted" and was living with her adoptive family. That is the only info that LE has released about her family situation. Her family has also stated she was NOT on social media and she did not own a cell phone.
The schools in the area tend to issue chromebooks to students for class and school use, but the school systems have ways of tracking what is accessed on those.
 
The Amish don't provide safe havens for upset teens, do they? Just asking because Aleeyah wasn't living with her bio-parents and that can be stressful for a middle schooler.
AFAIK, no they don't. But if she has Amish friends and is staying with one of them, they may not be aware she is reported as missing.
 
Local initial reports were saying Aleeyah was last seen just before 10 p.m., heading for the family barn to feed some of the animals. Apparently she did not usually feed the barn animals that late at night. When she disappeared, she was wearing a pair of "muck boots", according to the description. When she did not return after a short time, her family went looking for her.

Later reports stated that she was last seen at Yup's ice cream stand around 10 p.m. or just after 10.

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Which seems to contradict what the Sheriff's Office is looking for...

The video released by the sheriff's (posted above, looks like it was deleted on Twitter, see Facebook post below.)

“To anyone traveling SR 13, SR 120 or in Middlebury or Bristol area on Feb 10, between 4p and 7:30pm and have any info...contact Elkhart County dispatch 574-533-4151.”

 
Which seems to contradict what the Sheriff's Office is looking for...

The video released by the sheriff's (posted above, looks like it was deleted on Twitter, see Facebook post below.)

“To anyone traveling SR 13, SR 120 or in Middlebury or Bristol area on Feb 10, between 4p and 7:30pm and have any info...contact Elkhart County dispatch 574-533-4151.”


Yes, the conflicting stories about where and when she was last seen are very confusing.

Here's some info about the roads. If she was picked up or left with someone, she could literally be anywhere in the U.S. by now.
 
No we don’t really do that here. In some cases we will change names to initials and remove photos, depending on circumstances (typically a survivor of sexual assault). We have also removed a few threads at the request of the person or their family. But for the most part, no.
 

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