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9-year-old Amari Ross has been safely located and police are with her now.
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The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public's help in locating missing 9-year-old Amari Ross, who was last seen at about 4:00 p.m. today, March 26, 2012, at her foster home, in the 2000 block of Northeast Ainsworth Street.
Detectives from the Missing Persons Unit have joined the investigation, assisting North Precinct officers, who have been searching for Amari since late this afternoon. Numerous additional resources, including state-certified Search & Rescue K-9 units, have also been requested and are on-scene.
Detectives will be activating the "A Child Is Missing" (ACIM) reverse phone notification system, which broadcasts a pre-recorded message to landline phones within a designated geographic region, advising of this incident and Amari's physical description.
It has been determined that Amari may have run away voluntarily; however, she has never been away from home after dark, and has usually gone to her grandmother's house, in the 9400 block of North Hodge Avenue, whenever she has left home. Detectives have been in contact with all local family members, none of whom has seen or heard from Amari.
Amari is described as an African-American female, 9 years old, 5 feet tall, weighing 98 pounds. She has short, dark-brown hair, with 2 pigtails in back, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white sweater with brown buttons, blue jeans and Ugg-style boots.
Amari may be carrying a shoulder-strap canvas purse with a red background, and is believed to have left with 2 stuffed animals --- a grey bunny, and a beige teddy bear wearing a wizard hat.
Anyone who has seen Amari, or knows of her whereabouts is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call Detective Mike Weinstein, at (503) 823-0446.
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Sgt. Pete Simpson