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15-Year-Old Girl With Autism Disappears in Mar Vista; Public’s Help Sought

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Investigators and family members Tuesday were searching for a missing 15-year-old girl with autism who disappeared last week after going on a walk in Mar Vista.

The teen was last seen in the 11200 Block of Westminster Avenue (map) at about 8 p.m. on March 24, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department in which the public's help was sought in locating the girl.

The missing teen went for a walk near the Mar Vista Recreation Center to calm down, but never returned, according to her mother.

She has been diagnosed with autism and has not contacted any family members since her disappearance, according to the Police Department.

She did not take her medication or cell phone when she left home, her mother stated in an email to KTLA.

The missing teen is very trusting and has the mental capacity of about an 8-year-old, according to her mother.

“I have to keep faith that she’s going to come back,” Greenberg said.

Anyone with information regarding the teen's whereabouts was asked to contact the LAPD at 310-482-6371.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

Editorial note: The name, image and description of the 15-year-old girl featured in this story have been removed to protect the victim's identity following the arrest of a suspect in the case.