Archive for Saturday, September 8, 2001

Police: no trace of Wichita 4-year-old

September 8, 2001

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— Three days after Jaquille Scales disappeared from her great-grandmother's bed in the middle of the night, police have found no trace of the missing 4-year-old girl.

The search continued Friday with police following up tips received over a police hot line.

Everything so far is pointing to the girl having walked off early Wednesday morning, but police are covering all possibilities, Lt. Roy Mitchell said.

"We've been to just about every part of the city," Mitchell said. "We've had a substantial number of calls."

Meanwhile, the Rev. Wanda McDaniel led a vigil Thursday night for the missing girl outside her house.

"I called this because this is the only way I know to handle something like this: by prayer," McDaniel told a crowd of nearly 100 people.

The girl's relatives are finding it more difficult to stay positive as time creeps by.

"It just feels like something bad has happened," said her aunt, Aletha Scofield.

She was last seen asleep in bed with her great-grandmother and 2-year-old brother at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Her great-grandmother awoke at about 3:50 a.m. and realized the child was missing.

The back door was open, relatives said. It was not locked because the lock was previously broken.

Many of the tips to the hot line have involved people who believed they had seen a girl matching Jaquille's description.

At the vigil, McDaniel urged the neighborhood to stick together and come forward.

"My spirit has told me someone here knows more than they're telling," said McDaniel, president of the Wichita branch of the NAACP.

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