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Missing 15-year-old found; walks into police station unhurt

Picture of Sledge and the person of interest. Picture of Sledge and the person of interest.
When officers arrived, they discovered a 15-year-old girl who police are calling "Brajean Sledge" had been abducted. (KCTV5) When officers arrived, they discovered a 15-year-old girl who police are calling "Brajean Sledge" had been abducted. (KCTV5)
The suspect, who could be with Sledge, is described as a black male between the ages of 18-20. He should be considered armed and dangerous. (KCTV5) The suspect, who could be with Sledge, is described as a black male between the ages of 18-20. He should be considered armed and dangerous. (KCTV5)
The suspected vehicle is a 2017 Kia Forte with a Missouri license plate is "MB5-G5B." (KCTV5) The suspected vehicle is a 2017 Kia Forte with a Missouri license plate is "MB5-G5B." (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

LATEST UPDATE: Brajean Sledge has been found. She walked into a KCPD station unhurt. She is currently talking with police. 

Anthony King still remains a person of interest. 

All previous coverage below: 

The authorities have canceled an Amber Alert that was issued on Thursday evening for a 15-year-old girl, but she is still missing.

"Based on extensive investigation today, we can no longer confirm that [Brajean] Sledge was abducted," the Kansas City police said.

"We believe she is in the company of a person of interest, Anthony King," they said. He is described as a black male who is 18 years old. He stands 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. A picture of him has been included in this story.

He is considered to be a person of interest in several crimes "regarding this incident," the police said.

The police said they are still concerned about Sledge's safety and that she is still considered to be in danger. She is also still missing.

"We are still actively looking for her," the police said. "If you see either of them, please call 911. We ask that she come to any police station, or go to any friend or family member’s house, or call 911 so that we can ensure her safety."


Police in Kansas City have recovered the vehicle believed to be used in the abduction of a 15-year-old Kansas City girl on Thursday.

Brajean Sledge was abducted from a home in the 2700 block of Elmwood Avenue after a man entered her grandfather's home and shot her 60-year-old grandfather before stealing his car.

An Amber Alert has been issued in both Missouri and Kansas for Sledge.

Police say Sledge's grandfather was taken to an area hospital and is in serious but stable condition.

The suspect, who could be with Sledge, is described as a black male between the ages of 18-20. He should be considered armed and dangerous. 

"We believe she is with the shooting suspect and we believe she is also in danger," said Kansas City Police Officer Jake Becchina. "They were last seen northbound from here in a 2017 Kia Forte license plate MB5 G5B."

At about 8 a.m. Friday, officers recovered the suspect vehicle near 112th Street and Bennington Avenue.

Detectives are actively searching the area and are processing the contents of the vehicle.

Sledge was last seen wearing a white V-neck t-shirt and dark pants. Police say she has black hair with a blonde weave.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens last seen wearing a gray hoodie.

Neighbors say they heard gunfire in the area and were shocked to find out what happened.

"If I was the parents, I would be worried as well," neighbor Montay McKinney said. "I know it's a tough situation for the family. I send my condolences."

“Every minute and every second counts," said Teresa Perry, a community advocate with the Share the Love House.

"Whoever took her, can you please, please let her go?" Perry said. "Please just make sure she’s safe. We want to save her. And even save yourself, please. Whatever is going on, it’s not that bad.” 

Kansas City police said they got a lot of calls about the way the Amber Alert was issued.

KCTV5 News has since learned that Missouri has one local and three regional plans in addition to the statewide alert. 

A spokesperson for KCPD said that, on Thursday night, they believed she was still in the metro area so they only issued a local Amber Alert for Jackson County. 

Missouri State Highway Patrol said the KCPD declined a statewide alert at that time. 

When they found the car on Friday morning, that is when they asked state troopers to widen the Amber Alert to cover both Missouri and Kansas, and push out cell phone alerts. 

Highway patrol said Kansas City has its own local plan in addition to the statewide Amber Alert system. 

It should be noted that Sledge goes by multiple different names and aliases:

  • Brajaean Sledge
  • Brajean Sweeten
  • Bre-Shawn
  • Brayshawn
  • Brajean
  • Rayshawn

Anyone who sees Sledge or has information about the suspect or their whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Copyright 2018 KCTV (Meredith Corp.). All rights reserved. 

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