MISSING: 16-year-old Briana Bernal

Briana Bernal of LaVerkin is missing. She was last seen Tuesday morning before leaving for school, LaVerkin, Utah, Feb. 22, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the LaVerkin Police Department, St. George News

UPDATE Mar. 1, 9:50 p.m. The teen’s mother reported to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that Bernal returned home.

Read more: FOUND: 16-year-old Briana Bernal

UPDATE Feb. 24, 8 p.m. LaVerkin Police Chief Benjamin Lee said that Bernal was last heard from on Thursday when she messaged from Las Vegas, Nevada, however the teen’s exact location remains unknown. Investigators believe that Bernal is still intent on traveling to California to live with her father.

ST. GEORGE — LaVerkin Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing and presumed runaway juvenile.

Briana Cecilia Bernal, 16, was last seen Tuesday morning by her mother. Bernal reportedly left school and was taken to a residence near Costco in Washington City that same day. Bernal was later picked up by unknown individuals and her whereabouts are unknown at this time, LaVerkin Police Chief Benjamin Lee said in a statement released Wednesday evening.

Briana Bernal of LaVerkin is reported missing. She was last seen Tuesday morning before leaving for school, LaVerkin, Utah, Feb. 22, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the LaVerkin Police Department, St. George News

Briana Cecilia Bernal is described as follows:

  • Height –  5 feet, 7 inches
  • Weight – 170 pounds
  • Age – 16
  • Skin color – medium brown skin
  • Eyes – Brown
  • Last seen wearing black pants and a blue jacket

Bernal’s mother reported to police that the girl left after an argument that morning. In a note she left with the family, the girl said she wanted to live with her father in California. Bernal also shut down her Facebook account.

Bernal’s mother reported her daughter missing at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Police contacted Bernal’s father in California who told officers he hadn’t heard from his daughter in several days and was very concerned that her whereabouts are unknown.

Police believe Bernal may be seeking a way to get to California to live with her father.

If you have seen Bernal or have any information on her disappearance, call Washington County Dispatch at  435-634-5730 and reference Incident No. 17L000220.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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1 Comment

  • wilbur February 23, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    What’s with all these missing kids lately?

    (Parents giving them way too much money to play with?)

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