Thirteen-year-old Edmonton girl found safe in Oregon

UPDATE: Lila Smith has been found safe in Oregon. A 41-year-old Oregon male suspect is in custody and will be facing charges of Child Luring and additional charges may follow as the investigation progresses. In the attached Media Release, Edmonton Police Service explains why an AMBER Alert was not issued in this case.


The family and friends of a missing 13-year-old Edmonton girl are making a desperate cry for anyone who may have seen her or have information on her whereabouts.
She went missing Friday, June 24 when she got on her school bus to school, but hasn’t been seen since. Robyn Hanson is the family’s spokesperson, she’s been friends with the family for over 20 years, and she joined BCN’s Jeannette Rocher from outside the girl’s middle school where she is a grade 8 student.



Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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