Update, 10:15 a.m. Thursday: A missing 14-year-old girl from Slidell was found late Wednesday in Jefferson Parish, officials said.
Slidell police had been searching for the girl, Jania Washington, 14, for over a week after she was reported missing Oct. 20.
Detectives determined that she was in the New Orleans area, and she was found at an apartment complex in Metairie, police said.
Police suspected that Washington had run away and did not suspect foul play, but were concerned because of her young age, Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.
The investigation is ongoing because several people helped Washington during her disappearance, police said.
A 14-year-old girl went missing last week after leaving Slidell High School, and police are asking for the public’s help in finding her.
Jania Washington, 14, was last seen leaving the school about 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20, the Slidell Police Department said in a news release. Authorities believe she is still in the Slidell area but could be in New Orleans.
Police believe that she could be in danger because of her age, but foul play is not suspected.
Washington is 5 feet, 2 inches and 125 pounds, with a dark complexion and long, wavy black hair, police said.
Authorities asked anyone with information to call the Slidell Police Department at (985) 643-3131 or CrimeStoppers at (504) 822-1111.