Runaway Teen Located

Meridian police report that a runaway juvenile, Johnnika Alford, 17, was located in town after information came from a concerned citizen. She is safe.

The MPD said the patrol division found Alford Tuesday at a residence located in the 3600 block of 40th Avenue.

Alford was charged with the status offense of runaway and was housed at the Lauderdale County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Police had asked for help from the public through the media last week to locate Alford.


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  • by Give Me a Break on Oct 29, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    I can't believe it but I actually agree with Loretta. Send her to boot camp. The only thing I would like to add is they need to look into her parents roll in this. To the person who quit their job to stay at home and be nice to their kids...."Give me a break" Don't be there friend - be their mama!!!!
  • by Karl Location: Copenhagen on Oct 29, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    There should be a law against detaining juveniles just because they run away. Here in Denmark the police only locates them to secure that they are with friends rather than being with an adult taking avantage of them. They don't even bring them back home to the parents unless they are less than 15 years of age. Once they have been located it is up to the social servies to negociate them back home again. Think about the costs of locking teenagers up and what kind of peers they meet inside the juvenile detention. A path towards a life as career criminal seems to be assured.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Oct 28, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    I do have one more comment to make. The children we all need to be concerned about are the four month old twins that were being abused by their parents, instead of this brainless self-absorbed adolescent.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Oct 28, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    Ed: I am not "out of line" by your estimation. Why don't you pay attention to what Loretta and I said---this is far from the first time this kid has been posted as a runaway--what is is now---four times for the same kid? Loretta states, and I agree, that she needs to be taken out of Juvenile and put in boot camp--and hopefully, boot camp would turn her around. Ed, don't be a bleeding heart liberal, and get caught up in the irrational actions of a kid who does obvioiusly not have a grain of common sense. As far as I am concerned, law enforcement't time is being wasted; this kid has no concern for anyone else but herself, and how much attention she can draw to herself and for herself; it's like, "Hey look--I got my name in the paper again." She has now concern for her parent(s) or anyone else.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 06:10 PM
    Loretta, Laura-----Things are not always what they seam. I quit work and stayed home with my children. I was always there for them and their friends. I was trying to be the best parent I could be. My daughter ran away at age 14 and when we found her she said I hovered too much. These mothers are doing the best they can in most cases. Be thankful that Law enforcement are doing their job.
  • by need to know Location: meridian on Oct 28, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    first i would like to share my story about runaway, my niece is 17 years old and she was on the tv to for runaway and she still doin it now she will jump out the window at her mother home and run to other people home and her mother and father take up time with her and everytime she will runaway her mother will go to the police station everytime until they told her that everytime she runaway she just goin to keep doin it so let her go where she want to go, but i don't agree with that because i will be in jail for beatin the ____ out of her.If i have it my way i put all the runaways behind the bars.I am not tryin to talk against noone
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    It would be nice if children didn't run away, or have a reason to run away. But why do so many people get annoyed when the police ask for tips? The cops are not spending all their time running around looking for runaways. They can't. That's why they publicize the picture and ask for tips. Someone is likely to have seen the runaway and tell. It makes sense to me. One of these days, God forbid, someone may be kidnapped or killed. There is always the chance that this could happen. I hope you will have the decency to feel ashamed of yourselves.
  • by Ed on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    Laura you are out of line here... she was foolish yes.. and needs to be taught a lesson.. but you are stating things as known facts and that is wrong.. many reasons parents a single.... as far as time waisted well if they didnt spend the time and she was found dead then what would all have to say about law enforcement ....
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    I hate to tell you all I told you so, but---I told you so. She obviously left her home because she wanted to seek excitement elsewhere---just like I said. And they found her locally? Doesn't this tell you something? And I totally agree with the person who posted the remark, stating that she didn't need to be in Juvenile, but needed to be in boot camp. How many hours were wasted by the Sheriff's Department or Meridian Police Department on this non-thinking adolescent? Obviously, no supervision was provided for by the parents, or is her mother a "single mother"? I am so tired of single mothers being catered to--not the single mothers that are validly single mothers because of death of spouse or divorce, but the ones that are single mothers because they neglected to marry the man who got them pregnant.
  • by Anonymous Location: NESHOBA on Oct 28, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    THANK GOD SHE WAS FOUND SAFE AND NOT HARMED.I GIVE GOD ALL THE PRAISE AND THE GLORY. THANK YOU JESUS.TO THE PARENTS I AM GLAD YOUR DAUGHTER MADE HOME SAFE
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