Police search for missing Franklin Co. girl, 12

Police are searching for a missing Franklin Co. girl, age 12.

Dakota Moon Turner has been missing since 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12. She's described as 4'9″ with brown eyes and black wavy hair that reaches her shoulders. Dakota is approximately 90 lbs. and has an oval-shaped birthmark on her stomach.

She was last seen wearing a multi-color pastel sweatshirt that looks like a wolf (see picture), along with a pink AERO t-shirt, blue jeans and dark purple Nike sneakers.

Dakota might be carrying a black duffle bag with wheels on one end.

Her mother, 34-year-old Joann Elizabeth Rivera, reported her missing to state police. Rivera said she left her home in the 12000 block of Sandy Mountain Road in Orrstown at around 5 p.m. to pick up her children from daycare.

She told police she had asked Dakota if she wanted to go along for a ride, but Dakota said no.

When Rivera returned home 20 minutes later, Dakota was not home. Rivera said that her daughter usually tells her when she's leaving the house, and when Dakota had not returned within two hours, she contacted police to report the incident.

Officers interviewed Rivera and her boyfriend, 32-year-old George Fields, and conducted a search of the home. Rivera told police that all firearms belonging to her and her boyfriend were still inside the residence and secured. She also told officers that nothing appeared to be missing from Dakota's room.

Rivera said that the last time she had argued with her daughter was two to three months prior, and everything seemed to be fine between them. Both Rivera and Fields told officers about Dakota's good friend who lives down the street, as well as a campsite that she frequents.

State police spoke with the friend and checked the campsite, but they were unable to find anything.

The next day Rivera and Fields told police that they believe a black duffle bag with wheels, some clothing and a razor were missing from the residence.

Authorities are still investigating this incident. If anyone has information regarding Dakota's whereabouts, please contact state police at 717-264-5161.

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