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Aug-20-2014 21:35printcomments

Police: Missing Salem Teen's Own Parents Pose Danger to Her

The missing teen fled from a foster home on August 13, she has not been in contact with her relatives, and her whereabouts are currently unknown.

Bethany Desanto
Salem Police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 15-year-old girl who's own parents police say may pose a danger to her. Photo Courtesy: Salem Police Department

(SALEM, Ore. ) - Police in Salem, Oregon are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 15-year-old girl who's own parents police say may pose a danger to her.

Salem Police spokesman Lt. Dave Okada says on August 12, Bethany Desanto was contacted by a Salem Police Officer when she was found living with her homeless mother in Minto Brown Island Park. Bethany was taken into protective custody at that time and placed in the custody of DHS, who later placed her in a foster home in the north Salem area.

She fled from that foster home on August 13, she has not been in contact with her relatives, and her whereabouts are currently unknown, Okada said.

Bethany is known to use controlled substances and alcohol, and may frequent homeless camps and other areas that could place her in direct danger.

A missing person report has been taken by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and she has been entered into the national database as missing and endangered. Bethany may also give a false name when contacted.

Anyone who has information about Bethany is urged to contact Salem Police Detective Sergeant Michael Bennett at 503-540-2456, or call 9-1-1.

Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance from the public in locating a missing 15-year old girl who is possibly in a situation that presents a danger to her.

Bethany Desanto was contacted by a Salem Police Officer on August 12, 2014 when she was found living with her homeless mother in Minto Brown Island Park. Bethany was taken into protective custody at that time and placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services, who later placed her in a foster home in the north Salem area. She fled from that foster home on August 13, she has not been in contact with her relatives, and her whereabouts are currently unknown.

Bethany is known to use controlled substances and alcohol and may frequent homeless camps and other areas that could place her in direct danger. A missing person report has been taken by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and she has been entered into the national database as missing and endangered. Bethany may also give a false name when contacted.

Anyone who has information about Bethany is asked to contact Salem Police Detective Sergeant Michael Bennett at 503-540-2456, or 911 if they know of her current whereabouts.




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greg August 23, 2014 8:20 am (Pacific time)

ugh. what a bunch of nanny state BS. If she wants to live with her homeless mother, why does the state feel it has the right to tell he she can't?

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