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Edmonton police ask for help locating 13-year-old girl

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A 13-year-old girl went missing outside her north Edmonton junior high on Friday and police said her disappearance is considered out of character. Sarah Ryan has the latest on the search to find Lila Smith. – Jun 27, 2022

A 13-year-old girl has gone missing in the city, and Edmonton police said her disappearance is considered out of character.

In a news release Sunday afternoon, police said Lila Smith was last seen on Friday, June 24, at around 8:30 a.m., in the area of 131 Avenue and 91 Street, which is next to Killarney Junior High School.

Smith is described as five feet 10 inches with a slim build, weighing around 100 pounds. She has blue eyes and short brown hair, her family said. (Edmonton police previously said she had brown eyes, but her family told Global News that is not correct.)

She was wearing a hoodie with a blue body and white arms, with a black-and-white checkered hoodie pocket, along with ripped blue jeans and black Converse shoes, carrying a backpack.

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Leighton Smith, Lila’s little sister, last saw her Friday morning.

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“I miss her a lot and I love her so much,” she told Global News on Monday. “It’s very unlike her to just disappear.

“My sister means a lot to me. We do almost everything together. When I wake up in the morning and she’s not there, it’s devastating.”

Edmonton Police said Lila Smith, 13, was wearing a distinctive multicoloured sweater when she was last seen on Friday, June 24, 2022. Courtesy: Edmonton Police

Family friend Robyn Hanson said Lila was last seen on the school bus Friday morning.

“We learned that Lila had gone to school in the morning and later found out that she hadn’t attended school all day.”

She normally would arrive at Killarney Junior High School at around 8:20 a.m., Hanson said.

“We’re so fortunate for all the support we’ve received and the sharing… trying to get the word out. The police are actively involved, the school is actively involved.”

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Lila is in Grade 8, Hanson said.

“Lila is an incredible kid. She’s 13 years old. She looks a lot older for her age because she’s quite tall. She is artistic. She’s introverted. She’s shy. She loves her family and friends more than anything. Just such an artistic, beautiful child.”

Hanson said Lila had just started at that school and this is uncharacteristic behaviour for her.

“She stays quite close to home. She enjoys spending time with her sister and with her animals, and drawing and just spending time with family.

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“We’re so grateful that people are paying attention and resharing and doing everything they can to share the message that Lila is missing and she’s so very loved.

“It’s just devastating not knowing and just waiting. This is the hardest part… Her parents are trying to stay as strong as possible.

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“Lila is so very loved. She’s a great kid. The family just really wants her home,” Hanson said. “If anybody has any information — big or small — please contact police.”

Anyone who has information regarding Smith’s whereabouts is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.

Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

People gather at an Edmonton school on June 28, 2022 before heading out to go doorknocking with the hope of getting information about the whereabouts of Lila Smith. Global News

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