Posted: Jul 5, 2014 6:34 PM by Greg Renoud
Updated: Jul 6, 2014 10:57 AM
ST. JAMES - It was five days ago that Talaija Dorsey, 12, went missing in St. James parish.
On Saturday, rescue crews focused on the waterways between St. James and Jefferson parishes. St. James sheriff Willy Martin tells News 2 they also spent the day following up with family members and people who knew the family. They also followed up on tips they got overnight, but nothing has come of them.
"I am mad right now, I'm mad cause if he is the one he was man enough to take her from home he is man enough to admit what he has done and give my niece back, giver her back to us either way we want closure, we need this closure," said Dorsey's aunt Elizabeth Davis.
Dorsey was last seen Tuesday morning at about 5 a.m. at her house. A friend came to her house and asked for her, and when Dorsey's mom went to look for her, she wasn't there. Since then, Sheriff's departments, state police and the FBI have all joined in the search.
When Dorsey went missing on Tuesday, deputies sized a white 2001 four-door Chrysler Concord that they believe is connected to the case. Since then, they have released a flyer asking if anyone recognizes the vehicle and can give information about where they saw it.
John Celestine, the fiance of Dorsey's mother, was arrested during the investigation on obstruction of justice charges. A family member told News 2 one of Dorsey's slippers was found in Celestine's van.
The sheriff's office said a $2,500 reward is offered for information which leads to the arrest of the people responsible for Dorsey's disappearance. Tips can be called in to 1-855-TIPS-247 or by texting TIP SJPSO to 888777.