MIAMI (CBSMiami) — City of Miami Police, and the FBI are searching for a 4-year-old girl who was last seen playing with her neighbors outside a home in Little Haiti.
According to police, Shaniya Wendy Jacques-Louis was last seen at around 4:00 p.m. Friday at 36 NE 64th Terrace.
She was wearing a blue and black shirt, purple shorts, purple shoes, knee-high black socks and has braids with blue bows in her hair.
Police said she was playing with neighbors who later went inside while she stayed outside. When they returned, she was gone, according to the neighbors.
All that remained in the yard was the tricycle she had been riding.
Jacques’ parents said she is very quiet and does not have a tendency of wandering off. They also said she usually knows not to leave the yard.
“I don’t see my daughter for 2 days. I don’t feel good,” said Shaniya’s father Joseph Jaques-Louis.
“I don’t know who take my baby, only just God know,” Jaques-Louis continued, saying that he believes his daughter will be found safe.
Shaniya’s older sister Kinesha says she’s concerned. “Hope she’s not hurt,” she said.
Police spent the day in the neighborhood passing out fliers and meeting with the family. The FBI is also involved in the investigation, but police say no Amber Alert was issued because they no vehicle description to issue in connection with the case. Right now police say they don’t know whether Shaniya was taken or whether she wandered off.
“We’re against the clock right now,” said Miami Police Spokeswoman Frederica Burden, adding, “We’re getting a lot of tips and we’re following those tips.”
Friday night, the girl’s parents were taken to the police department to speak with investigators.
They don’t know of any family, friends or acquaintances who may have taken her.
Officers searched vacant lots and abandoned homes.
A bloodhound tried to pick up her scent and a chopper with heat sensing technology was launched.