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Search for missing girl expands to Assumption

10 months ago July 03, 2014 Jul 3, 2014 Thursday, July 03 2014 Thursday, July 03, 2014 5:50:00 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

NAPOLEONVILLE - Today, searchers will return to an area of Assumption Parish along Highway 70 to look for a missing 12-year-old girl.

Talaija Dorsey vanished from her home in St. James Parish on Tuesday. Since then, a massive group developed to look for her. The FBI is among the area sheriff's offices participating.

This morning, detectives will examine property on Highway 70, between Highway 3127 and Highway 308 in Assumption Parish. Investigators said the property is linked to 43-year-old John Celestine, Dorsey's mother's fiance, who is currently in jail on obstruction charges.

A family member told News 2 that one of Dorsey's slippers was also found in Celestine's van.

"We are looking at all the routes between his work place, which is in Jefferson Parish, and his property he frequents in Assumption Parish," said St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin.

Dorsey's mother, Emma Smith, told WBRZ News 2 it's been torture waiting for updates on the search.

"Sometimes it just feels like it's a dream... you gonna wake up and you were having a horrible nightmare," Smith said. "You keep playing the worst-case scenario is in your head."

Martin asked the public to come forward with any information that could help them her. Anyone with information should call (225) 562-2200.

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