A criminal charge can be filed if an adult is helping hide a missing 16-year-old Long Beach girl believed to be in Bay St. Louis, where she is a student at Our Lady Academy.
If that is the situation, the adult should contact police immediately to avoid arrest, Long Beach Police Chief Billy Seal said.
Courtlee Ann Hilton was last seen about 4 p.m. Oct. 1.
She left her foster home on Old Savannah Drive with a backpack filled with clothes, Seal said.
“If it’s an adult hiding her, aiding her or protecting her, we would pursue criminal charges unless they come forward now,” Seal said. “She was living with temporary foster parents and they have been very cooperative.”
Police have had no new leads in several days, he said.
“Investigators have interviewed her friends and associates from OLA and elsewhere, and nobody has given any information on her whereabouts,” he said.
“We don’t know why she left home.”
He said the Bay St. Louis Police Department is working closely with Long Beach police.
“But we need information on her whereabouts,” Seal said.
Courtlee walked away from her home while wearing a light blue shirt and shorts. She is about 5-foot-3 and weights about 100 pounds.
If she is found in the custody of an adult, the criminal charge would be contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
“If it’s an adult, we would pursue criminal charges,” Seal said.