Milwaukee teenager reported missing June 23; missing person case opened, police say

A 15-year-old girl from Milwaukee went missing in the city on June 23. Nine days later, Joniah Walker is still missing and her family is increasingly worried.

Mother Tanesha Howard said her daughter was last seen around 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of East Reservoir Avenue and North Buffum Street wearing an olive green Adidas t-shirt and carrying a large backpack.

According to Howard, according to phone records, Joniah last attempted to call her therapist around 3:27 p.m. and texted her later that night saying she had run away from home.

Joniah has a history of mental illness, Howard said. Since June 23, Howard has been contacting neighbors and friends for security camera footage and messages that may point to his daughter’s location.

The Milwaukee Police Department classified the disappearance as a missing person case instead of a “critically missing” case, meaning the case is lower priority and receiving less attention from officers.

District 5 Lt. Andrew Tischer said cases are designated as seriously missing when the missing person is 11 or younger, or meets other criteria, such as if the person is suicidal. He said an officer was monitoring Joniah’s case.

Joniah is 5ft 3in and weighs 130lbs. She has black hair and brown eyes.

If anyone needs to see her or find information about her whereabouts, they can call the Milwaukee Police Department at 414-933-4444, or Joniah’s mother at 262-383-6385.

“She’s a very simple girl,” Howard said. “She likes to read a lot. She likes to cook from scratch. She especially loves animals.”

Lydia Morrell can be reached at 320-444-2339 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @lydia_morrell.

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