A Harvey family woke up to every parent’s worst nightmare Saturday morning: their child missing without a trace.
Six-year-old Ahlitta North disappeared from her mother’s home in the 2900 block of Destrehan Avenue sometime between 11 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Col. John Fortunato reported.
Fortunato said there were no signs of forced entry and that the front door was ajar. Family members said a handful of Ahlitta’s possessions — a toothbrush, blanket and toothpaste — also were missing.
Deputies could be seen Saturday scouring the area around the apartment where North lived, including the woods across the street.
Meanwhile, relatives and neighbors walked up and down the block distributing fliers with Ahlitta’s picture and description. The girl is described as being 4 feet 5 inches tall with brown eyes and brown hair, last seen wearing a gray tank top and pink pajama bottoms.
Lydia Hill, who identified herself as the sister of the girl’s stepfather, said that she had spoken with the missing girl’s mother early Saturday morning.
“She called me and she said Ahlitta was missing and I said, ‘Did you look under the stairs where she likes to hide?’” Hill said.
Hill said that she came over and helped the family look through the house and in the street before they called police.
Michael Carter Jr., who lives on a nearby block and was helping hand out Ahlitta fliers on Saturday, characterized the neighborhood as extremely dangerous.
“There is lots of crime and plenty of killings, every day there is violence,” Carter said, adding that he frequently receives notices about sex offenders living in the area.
As of Saturday evening, investigators had no new information involving the case.
Those with information about the child’s disappearance are asked to contact the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Missing Persons Bureau at (504) 364-5300 or call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or toll-free at (877) 903-7867.