NORTH HILLS (CNS) - A 12-year-old girl who went missing Tuesday from a motel in North Hills turned up today near the same location.
Donyetta Butts was spotted about 11:30 a.m. near the Hometown Inn in the 9400 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, said Los Angeles police Lt. David
Bluestein of the Mission station.
"The investigation is still ongoing. We have no reason to expect foul play," Bluestein told City News Service. Butts, who takes medication but did not have it with her, was last seen about 9:55 p.m. Tuesday, when she left her family's room at the inn to take out trash, Los Angeles police said.
Her mother, Michelle Mosby, told the Daily News Donyetta had been frequenting the basketball courts at the Sepulveda Recreation center at 8801 Kester Ave. in Panorama City. Mosby said she was concerned about her daughter's contact with an older man named Alfonso, with whom the girl sometimes would shoot baskets, the newspaper reported.
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Michelle Mosby says her daughter is "very friendly, easy to talk to and spark a conversation." But 12-year -old Donyetta Butts who also goes by "Dee Dee" is not known to wander off or not be in contact with her family.
Her mother says her eldest of 5 kids went out around 8:30 p.m. to throw out the trash at the Hometown Inn where they've been staying for a week now. Then she never returned.
"We went door to door, walked down Sepulveda Boulevard and to the park we go to," said Mosby. "We didn't find her so then we contacted police."
Donyetta takes medication for PTSD but did not have it with her, Mosby added.
Five units from the LAPD's Mission Division were searching for the girl, along with volunteers with tracker dogs, the officer said.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call LAPD Detective L. Saiza at (213) 996-1800, or (877) LAPD-247.