Citizen tip leads authorities to missing teen

by Town Reminder

Citizen tip leads authorities to missing teen
By Kristin Will
Staff Writer, kwill@turley.com

SOUTH HADLEY – Chicopee Police tracked down missing South Hadley teen Kaitlyn Maslanka Tuesday evening after receiving a phone tip alerting police of her location.
The 16-year-old girl was spotted at the CVS Pharmacy located on Exchange Street in Chicopee, near Elms College.
The City’s police department located Maslanka at 6:20 p.m. and notified the South Hadley Police Department of her whereabouts. Upon their arrival, South Hadley police took Maslanka, unharmed, into custody. She was eventually reunited with her parents. Foul play is not suspected in her disappearance.
Maslanka was reported missing Monday evening after she failed to reach a destination to which she was headed in the Willimansett section of Chicopee. Maslanka apparently left her South Hadley residence on foot at approximately 4:30 p.m. that day. She had not been heard from since that time. Maslanka was last seen getting into the passenger side of a vehicle operated by a female at the Cumberland Farms located on Newton Street in South Hadley at 2 p.m.
Throughout the day on Tuesday, due to the widespread media attention, police had received numerous phone calls regarding the young girl and her potential whereabouts. “We were able to garner some information which led us in certain directions,” said South Hadley Police Lt. William Sowa. “Eventually it was a phone tip that brought us to her location.”

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