UPDATE: The Windsor Police Service has located 13-year-old Mackenna Deslippe-McLellan.
Police say of respect for Mackenna and her family, no further information is being released at this time.
Windsor police are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 13-year-old girl.
Mackenna Deslippe-McLellan of Windsor was last seen in a residential area in the south end of the city around 8:30 a.m. Monday.
The girl’s father, Eric Deslippe-McLellan, said he fears she met with an unknown adult male, and may have been picked up in a grey SUV.
Mackenna’s father said he believes she has been keeping a secret cellphone, and using it to communicate with strangers via messaging platforms like Snapchat.
“This has been going on for a while, this whole Snapchat thing,” Eric Deslippe-McLellan lamented. “She hadn’t been allowed to be on Snapchat, or social media… It seems she has been talking with this person for a while, without our knowledge.”
“She did run away once prior — But this is definitely on a different scale.”
Mackenna’s father said she comes from a large mixed family with six siblings.
When Mackenna left her home on Monday morning, she was wearing a black Metallica T-shirt, black sweat pants, and black Adidas athletic shoes.
“What we think happened is that she had it prearranged for this vehicle to meet her at the house at the same time that she normally leaves for school,” Eric Deslippe-McLellan said. “It was waiting for her at the corner.”
The Major Crimes Unit and a human trafficking investigator have become involved in the case.
Neighbourhood residents are being asked to check home surveillance camera recordings for potential evidence of the vehicle.
Anyone who believes they have seen Mackenna Deslippe-McLellan or knows her whereabouts is asked to contact Windsor police at 519-258-6111.
In a widely-shared Facebook post, Mackenna’s mother Marilyn Thibert urged people who see the missing girl to ask her to reach out to family.
“I’m so worried and scared for her,” Thibert wrote. “This makes no sense, how she hasn’t been located.”