Police seek assistance finding Annapolis teen Detective says girl's family is frantic for information

February 10, 1997|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

Natalie Anne Wilharm left her Annapolis home more than one month ago and since then has not left the mind of a city police detective who is pleading for the public to help bring her home safely.

The 16-year-old disappeared New Year's Day from her mother's house in the 1400 block of Cory Lane after leaving a goodbye letter to her parents "to let you know I'm safe."

Detective Pete Medley isn't reassured by that letter.

"Her parents are frantic and we're just trying to bring her home before anything happens," said Medley of the criminal investigative division. "She's a young girl, and there are people out there who prey on the young. If we knew where she was, if we knew who she was with, we'd be fine. But that's just it -- we don't know."

Police say the girl ran away May 16, but her parents found her a short time later in Ocean City with friends. This time, Medley believes Natalie, who left without money or clothes, may be hiding in the area with help from friends.

She left a message on her mother's answering machine about a week ago saying "she was alive, well and safe," but Medley said he wants to be sure the call was not coerced.

Although the 11-year veteran has seen many missing-persons cases, Natalie's disappearance eats away at him.

"You've got a mother in Annapolis who's worrying about her and a father in New Jersey who is worrying about her," Medley said. "We want to bring her home before anything happens."

Efforts to reach her family last week were unsuccessful.

Natalie is described as 5 foot 5, weighing about 140 pounds and having shoulder-length brown hair and pierced ears.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Medley at (410) 268-9000, Ext. 311.

Pub Date: 2/10/97

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