Rick Smith, Chief of Police
1 Union St.
Wakefield, MA 01880
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
**UPDATE** Wakefield Police Detectives Locate Missing Girl Who Ran from DCF Program in Town
Rosalinda Chavez Had Been Missing Since March 7
Wakefield Police last evening located a teenage girl who had been missing since early March, when she ran away from a Department of Children and Families program in Wakefield.
Rosalinda Chavez, 14, was located at an apartment in Chelsea, where she had been staying with an unidentified male.
Because of legal and jurisdictional issues surrounding missing children, Chelsea Police Detectives had to take custody of Miss Chavez after she was located. She was found in good health, taken to the Chelsea Police Department, and then turned back over to DCF.
Wakefield Chief Rick Smith would like to sincerely thank the Chelsea Police Department for their assistance, and he would also like to single out Wakefield Police Detective Sergeant Richard DiNanno, who led the investigation.
“Detective Sergeant DiNanno went above and beyond the call of duty here, pursuing leads, and using the latest technological resources to locate this missing child,” Chief Smith said. “These cases can be tedious and cumbersome, but this investigator saw a child who could be in danger, and he would not relent until she was found.”
Any inquiries about the child’s individual case should be directed to the Department of Children and Families.