Ethiopian girl vanishes after Children's Games
Police believe the girl may be headed to Atlanta.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- City police say they're looking for a 15-year-old Ethiopian girl who went missing after competing in the International Children's Games last week.
Cleveland police Lt. Wayne Drummond said a missing person report has been filed for Aden Alemu of Ethiopia. The report was filed by Alemu's sponsor, Carl Robson, on Saturday, Drummond said.
Drummond said the Robson family last saw Alemu Friday night, and they awoke Saturday morning to find her missing. The police report said the family also "overheard her talking on the phone and to friends, saying she wanted to defect to the United States," Drummond said.
Scheduled to leave
The rest of the Ethiopian delegation to the International Children's Games is scheduled to leave on a flight this afternoon.
Drummond said Cleveland police have attempted to notify the Ethiopian consulate, and have contacted the FBI and immigration authorities.
An unidentified male called the Robson home on Saturday, saying that the girl was OK and that she wanted to stay in the United States, Drummond said.
Cleveland police think the girl may be headed to Atlanta, but don't know if she has any relatives in the United States, Drummond said.
Cleveland authorities have notified Atlanta police. Charges could be filed if Alemu, a minor, has been taken across state lines.
A phone listing for Carl Robson in Cleveland did not have voice mail available. Messages were also left for David Gilbert, president of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and director of the International Children's Games.
Cleveland TV station WKYC reported on its Web site that Alemu competed in track events for Ethiopia at the games, which were held in Cleveland from July 28 through Aug. 2.