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Tips on car sought in search for missing girl

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Posted: Jul 4, 2014 12:14 PM by Russell Jones, Brock Sues
Updated: Jul 4, 2014 3:27 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: 12-year-old, missing, Assumption Parish, St. James Parish, storage, John Celestine, Talaija Dorsey, search

VACHERIE - Sheriff's deputies asked for the public's help identifying a car that investigators believe may have something to do with a young girl's disappearance from St. James Parish this week.

The St. James Parish Sheriff's Office released a new flyer Friday in the search for 12-year-old Talaija Dorsey. The flyer had a photo of a white 2001 four-door Chrysler Concord, and detectives asked people who may have seen it on or around July 1 to contact them.

Authorities moved their search efforts Friday to focus on a storage facility in Assumption Parish that's linked to 43-year-old John Celestine, the fiance of Dorsey's mother. He was arrested on obstruction of justice charges after Dorsey disappeared earlier this week, and a family member told News 2 one of her slippers was found in Celestine's van.

Deputies also concentrated a search area along Hwy 3127 between St. James Parish and Jefferson Parish, which follows a route used by Celestine to travel between his work place and his property in Assumption Parish. Sheriff Martin said Hwy 18 is another possibility as the search continues.

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.

The updated flyer for the missing girl can be downloaded here.

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