NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
November 28, 2007
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420

SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING CHILD


Tatiana Pina

   The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is searching a neighborhood for a ten-year old girl who ran away from her Mary Esther home at 480 Rush Park Circle around 7 p.m. Tuesday night. The child’s grandparents, who have legal custody of her, notified the Sheriff’s Office that she was missing around ten p.m. They say Tatiana Pina ran away and didn’t return after being disciplined by her grandmother. Her grandmother says Tatiana may have left the house wearing only a bra and panties.

    Last night deputies went door-to-door in a canvas of the neighborhood and also used a bloodhound from Okaloosa Correctional Institution to try to track Tatiana. The search was unsuccessful. The area is being swept repeatedly as those efforts continue this morning.

    In addition, the Sheriff’s Office also sent out an automated “Missing Child Alert” phone notification to all homes in the neighborhood.

    No foul play is suspected, but the Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on the girl’s whereabouts to contact them at 850-651-7400.

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