ST. JAMES PARISH (WGNO) – An arrest has been made in the case of a missing 12-year old. Authorities had suspected foul play soon after the girl disappeared Monday from the family’s St. James Parish home.
“She’s a bubbly kid. It’s hard to believe someone could actually take her or whatever. Whatever the case may be,” the girl’s aunt Sharell Cooks said.
For those close to Talaija Dorsey, each hour that passes seems like an eternity.
“We just want her back home.”
The 12-year old was reported missing early Tuesday morning.
She was last seen the night before, inside the family’s Pecan Street home in St. James Parish.
Trotter asked, Sheriff Willy Martin, “Does she have a history of running away? No,” he replied.
“She’s been gone too long. I mean, if she was mad or upset maybe she’d went and hid out in her room or something; but it’s been since yesterday morning,” Cooks said.
Trotter asked Martin, “Fair to say you suspect foul play, if so why? I don’t have anything to report that would indicate why, but is have some reasons to believe. There have been enough inconsistencies from people who are very close to her that have us pretty concerned,” he replied.
Late Wednesday authorities arrested John Celestine.
He’s been charged with obstruction of justice. Little Talaija is still missing.
“It’s just hard because when I look at her she favors me,” Cooks said.
The sheriff’s office is leading an exhaustive search of the area.
They’ve fanned out on foot Wednesday; searching the neighborhood, and going door to door to see if anyone has information that might help.
“Somebody knows something. Somebody had to see something,” Cooks said.
State Police are helping. So too are federal agents who specialize in missing children.
“They’re here working with us on the ground,” Martin added.
Search teams are combing through wooded fields and searching abandoned homes.
Trotter asked Martin, “Nothing yet? Nothing yet,” he replied.
“We’re praying for a good outcome,” family friend Louise Jones said.
Loved ones are holding out hope for Talaija’s safe return, but fear is at war with their faith.
“The hardest part is we’re just waiting and you never know. Your mind, you have a thousand thoughts racing through your mind. You’re trying to stay positive the whole time, but as a human you also think about bad things,” Cooks admitted.
John Celestine is Talaija’s mother’s boyfriend.
Sheriff Martin would not go into detail, but says additional charges are pending.
The search for the missing 12-year old continues Thursday morning.