About a dozen friends and family members of a missing 15-year-old Chicago girl gathered Wednesday outside a West Side police station to urge authorities to step up their investigation into what happened to her.Let's hope they find her! I hope nothing bad has happened to her.
It has been nearly six months since Yasmin Acree, a freshman at Austin Polytechnical Academy, went missing.
Acree's mother, Rose Starnes, was joined by about 10 ministers from across the city to raise concerns about the investigation. They said it took two days for police to gather a lock that may have been cut from a wrought-iron gate outside the teen's home and questioned why the investigation focused on her as a runaway rather than as a crime victim.
"The lock should have been in the possession of an investigating officer," said Rev. Ira Acree, a relative and pastor of Greater St. John Bible Church in Austin. "I'm very suspicious at this point."
Police Cmdr. Joseph Salemme called accusations they were not doing their best "a little insulting." Investigators have worked more than 2,000 hours on the case and sent numerous items to Illinois State Police for lab analysis, he said.
UPDATE: Channel 2 story on the missing Yasmine Acree.