Sunday, June 1, 2003

Runaway girl eludes search

By Andrea Uhde
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Jim Matheson, father of missing Caitlin Matheson, hugs his other daughter Bonnie, 17, before Saturday's search.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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Hope of finding a 15-year-old runaway sparked briefly Saturday but quickly faded as family and friends searched for Caitlin "Katie" Matheson.

They found her address book in a run-down pink house on State Avenue in Lower Price Hill.

They would have found her, too, if they'd been there an hour earlier, one neighbor told them.

"A couple of people saw her today, but we had no luck in finding her," said Greg Sears of Cleves, who volunteered to search for the girl.

Family and friends of Caitlin form a search party to canvass an area in Lower Price Hill.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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Caitlin of Springfield Township ran away two months ago after spending one day at Talbert House, said her mother, Teri.

About 50 people took part in the search, which included five trailer parks in the area, Sears said. Though Caitlin has not been found, the signs have made her mother more optimistic. "All I know is that lots and lots of people have seen her," she said. "They said she'd been hanging out at various apartments down there where the kids all go to party."

Caitlin has brown eyes and brown hair, though it may be dyed red. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. Caitlin looks much older than her age.

"It's really hard," her mother said. "Everything you do you just keep thinking what's happening to her. She really is just a kid."

To report any information, contact District 3 Police at 352-3574.

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