- Harper Cadman, 15, went missing during a layover at Denver International Airport on January 30.
- She was en route back to California after visiting Montana for mental health treatment.
- Authorities believe she may still be in the Denver or Boulder, Colorado, area.
A teen girl who was supposed to get on a flight back home to California never made it onto the flight. The authorities said the last time she was seen was during a layover at Denver International Airport, according to Fox News Digital.
Harper Cadman, 15, went missing at the Denver International Airport on January 30, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The organization said, “Harper never got on her flight back home and is believed to still be in the Denver or Boulder, Colorado, area.”
Cadman was reportedly last seen at 8:27 a.m. when she landed in Denver on January 30 for a layover en route back to California.
Cadman’s mother, Ari Petronelli, took to Facebook, writing: “I am sick to my stomach writing this, and I never thought that I would ever have to post another missing flier of my own child but if anything this last year has taught me is that life just doesn’t make sense.”
The New York Post reported that Cadman was making her way back home to California after visiting Montana to receive mental health treatment. However, she never made it onto her United Airlines flight home.
Though the teen girl’s luggage successfully made it back to Los Angeles, she has not been heard from or seen in almost two weeks. Authorities are operating under the assumption that Cadman could be in the Denver or Boulder areas.
Petronelli wrote: “My sister and I spent last week searching Denver and Boulder, speaking with detectives, advocates, the unhoused, and ‘street kids.’”
“What we saw was a very cold, scary, and dangerous situation for anyone but especially an at-risk 15-year-old girl who was last seen wearing just a sweater with leggings and no belongings,” she added.
“Harper does not know anyone in Colorado and has only been when she was 8 years old for a vacation so she is not familiar with the area,” Patronelli said. She went on to say that Cadman has gone missing in the past.
The teen is reportedly 5’7″ and weighs 115 pounds. She has blue eyes, dyed black hair, and facial piercings and tattoos. She also has braces.
The report also mentioned that Cadman did not have a bag or anything with her at the time of her disappearance.
Clear Thoughts (op-ed)
The disappearance of 15-year-old Harper Cadman is a deeply distressing story, and our hearts go out to her family. Unfortunately, this incident also highlights the growing issue of mental health crisis among our youth.
The fact that Cadman was returning from Montana after receiving mental health treatment underscores the severity of her situation. The need for accessible and effective mental health care for our young people cannot be overstated.
As a society, we must prioritize the mental well-being of our children and teenagers. This includes providing comprehensive mental health care, destigmatizing mental health issues, and fostering open conversations about mental health.
In the meantime, let us keep Harper Cadman and her family in our thoughts, and hope for her safe return.
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