Michigan State Police have issued a state-wide Amber Alert for 13-year-old Calista Kay Rose who went missing in Kalamazoo County. Officials have said that Rose was last seen at around 1:20 am on Tuesday in Galesburg, a town less than 10 miles east of Kalamazoo.
The teenager was wearing a pink winter coat and a black t-shirt when she was last seen. Rose has been described by officials as white, with black hair and hazel eyes. Authorities believe that she may be with a 45-year-old white man named Samuel Leroy Chrispens. Chrispens may be driving a gray, four-door 2011 Chrysler vehicle with Michigan Registration of 1MCW51.
Police have urged anyone who spots the teenager or with any information regarding the duo to call Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post at 269-657-5551 or Kalamazoo County sheriff’s office at 269-383-8722 or alternative to dial 911.
At least 3,894 people went missing in Michigan last month, according to state government data. Out of the total missing, 2,912 were from Wayne County alone, while Kalamazoo County reported 36 cases of disappearance, the eighth-most across the state.
According to the figures drawn by Statista, people under 21 years of age were more likely to disappear than those older than that. The data also showed that females, under 21, were more likely to go missing than their male counterparts.
Child abduction emergency alerts, popularly known as Amber Alerts, were first introduced in the United States in 1996 after the abduction and murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman in Darlington, Texas.
More information is awaited.