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Police continue search for missing pregnant girl

Posted October 23, 2008
Updated October 24, 2008

— Durham police continued this week to search for a missing 12-year-old girl who is pregnant.

Investigators believe that Tekenya Wooten ran away from her home at 3529 Manford Drive on Saturday, Oct. 18. Tekenya is eight months pregnant.

Police Chief Jose Lopez said that Tekenya's disapperance does not meet the requirements for an Amber Alert, but police are "very concerned about her welfare, and we are actively looking for her."

Police described Tekenya as a black girl, standing 5 feet 1 inches tall and weighing 100 pounds. She was last seen with her hair in a ponytail and wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and silver shoes.

She might be in the areas of Maple Street or Glasson Street, police said.

Lopez appealed for the public's help in finding Tekenya.

"We have received calls from concerned members of the community, but we have been unable to locate the missing juvenile," Lopez said. "We ask anyone with information to please call us."

Anyone with information about this case should contact Detective T.M. Ochman at  919-560-4440 ext. 289.


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  • kathy8791 Oct 24, 2008

    Dumb as this may sound to some of you, the eight month unborn child didn't run away and is also in danger -- real danger -- so why not an Amber Alert? If a five year old ran away, there would be an Amber Alert. What about a ten year old? Is there a legal guideline written into the law on issuing Amber Alerts as to age of a runaway?

  • 2beornot2be Oct 24, 2008

    12 years old and pregnant. Sad situation for her and more sad for the child. 25 girls were pregnant at my daughters high school last year. A freshman gave birth within a month of starting the year. Parents need to be responsible for their children. Children left to their own devices will make BAD DECISIONS! She isn't being protected or the guardians don't care. More welfare.

  • peacebee Oct 24, 2008

    Maybe she does not even have parents.

  • peacebee Oct 24, 2008

    I bet there are things that cannot be told in this case, since she is a minor. What if the father of her child were a minor as well? Amber alert is for abductions...there is probably solid evidence that she was not abducted, otherwise there would be an amber alert..that is how it works, I think. What if someone is hiding her, or she does not want to be found? What if the media is not helping socialize her situation in order to sensationalize the story in a more negative manner...the child needs to be found, and could be being hidden.

  • FromClayton Oct 24, 2008

    she is 12... hope some guy is going to court for rape. isn't that the way it is suppose to work? She did is not a virgin and she is 12...someone should be in trouble...

    and i hope she gives that child up for adoption. no 12 year old can raise a child and obviously the parents who raised this one should not be allowed to raise another. they did a bad enough job with the first one.

  • Moabit Oct 24, 2008

    If we had a more pro choice institution than this would not make the news. No 12 year old girl should have to go through this and of course sex education would help. Watching parents and a boy or man that knows better would have been helpful as well. This is just my personal opinion, no need to reply how sick or wrong I am.

  • Timetogo Oct 24, 2008

    Excuse me??? To the post: "We have ALL failed this child".

    I'd like to know what MY part in this might have been. I'm so into making 'baby Daddy' a soprano and having her parent(s) pay out their ears for not teaching/protecting her... but the law provents me from being proactive! So how did I fail this child???

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Oct 24, 2008

    Wow, what a sad story. I hope it ends well, at least as well as possible when a 12 yo is pregnant. I'd sure like to know who the father is too... Thoughts and prayers going out for this girl and her family.

  • teacher-mom Oct 24, 2008

    I hope they find her.

  • fuzzmom Oct 24, 2008


    I hear ya, but how many 12 year olds do you know with "good" sense to do much of anything of their own "will".