Sat. Dec 3rd, 2022

Police are searching for a 17-year-old Lakeland, Florida girl who has been missing for more than one week, according to the Lakeland Police Department.

Authorities say Mercedes McLeod was last seen leaving her home on Crawford Street Wednesday, Dec. 8 around 5:40 a.m. McLeod did not attend school that day but was seen picking up a paycheck at her job in Lakeland.

Detectives add she may be in the Plant City or Tampa area.

Mercedes is described as being 5’ 3” tall and weighing roughly 120 pounds. Her hairstyle has changed recently to be shorter and in a red/orange color. She was last seen wearing a gray sweater and gray sweatpants with red/orange hair.

Anyone with information on McLeod’s location is asked to contact Detective Ali at (863) 834-8974 or charlene.ali@lakelandgov.net. Tips can also be submitted to an emergency dispatch team at (863) 834-6966.

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By Buffy Gunner

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