The Haines City Police Department needs the public’s help in locating a 14-year-old girl.
Mercedes was last seen by her grandmother about 7 p.m. Monday before being reported missing by her grandmother. The grandmother told police that Mercedes planned to attend a party in Lakeland on Monday night, but she was not allowed to go.
Lakeland Police went to the location of the party but Mercedes was not there. The grandmother told officers that she has run away on two prior occasions. Mercedes is not thought to be endangered at this time. She does not take any medication.
Mercedes is about 5-foot-2 and weighs about 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing black and white shorts and a gray jacket.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Haines City Police Department at 863-421-3636.