Detectives Look for Missing Teen

Shayla Baylor has been missing since Monday, though friends say they've spoken with her

By Susan Rivera
|  Friday, Feb 18, 2011  |  Updated 9:12 PM CDT
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Detectives Look for Missing Teen

Missing 16-year-old Shayla Baylor’s family, friends and community on Friday continued canvasing the girl's south side neighborhood, hoping someone will have information that could help find her.

"We just want her back.  We just want to know she's ok," said her father, Alexander Clayborn.

Shayla’s mother, Michelle Clayborn, said her daughter disappeared on Monday.  She said she dropped the girl off at school in the morning.  At 6:15 p.m., Clayborn said her daughter called to let her know she was on the State Street bus on her way to work.  

"She sounded fine and that was it. I didn’t see this coming at all," said Clayborn.

The girl's parents don’t believe someone at school could have done this.  They said as far as they new, she didn’t have problems with anyone at her school, UIC College Prep.

The family does seem to be considering that Shayla ran away.  They say some friends of the teen admitted they’d spoken to her.

Community activist Andrew Holmes made it a point to warn anyone who might be helping the girl.

"Anyone that’s eighteen and older is going to be subject to arrest for holding or harboring this young lady when they know she’s missing," said Holmes.
 
Anyone with information on the girl's location should call Calumet Area detectives at 312-747-8274.

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