Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives issued a news release Wednesday seeking the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Adelina Grifsha.
Grifsha was last seen on Friday evening at her grandparents’ Stevenson Ranch home, where she’d been staying, and they discovered she was missing Saturday morning, according to her mother, Rachelle Moreno.
Grifsha is described as a white female, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 160 pounds, blue eyes, and blond hair.
“We’ve been dealing with a lot of issues with her, but she’s never run away before,” Moreno said.
She left a note indication her intentions to leave home possibly due to violating rules and getting her cell phone taken away, and may be frequenting the Long Beach area, per the Nixle from the Sheriff’s Department.
“We’ve taken away many phones, (but) we take one away and she finds out a way to get another one,” Moreno said, adding that the phones were taken away due to Grifsha talking to strangers on the internet.
“She feels like she’s able to get to know somebody online, but really, you don’t know who you’re talking to,” Moreno added. “As much as you try to warn her … she’s a teenager and she thinks it’s not going to happen to her.”
Grifsha has messaged Moreno’s sister on social media and indicated that she’s safe, but Moreno isn’t so sure, as Grifsha’s story doesn’t add up.
“It’s hard because we just don’t know where she is,” Moreno said. “Are the people she’s with nice … or are they taking advantage of my daughter? We’re just lost.”
Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts can contact Detective Dorman at the SCV Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121 ext. 5176. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile AP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website lacrimestoppers.org.