Authorities seeking D.C. teen last seen in October

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Authorities are searching for a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing in the District nearly two months ago.

Keonta Allen was last seen Oct. 6 leaving her foster home near the Benning Road Metro station, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, or NCMEC.

The teen might still be in the D.C. area, and she may frequent the Carver/Langston and Kingman Park areas of Northeast D.C. She may also go by the name Keonita or Keke.

Keonta's disappearance is described as an "endangered runaway" case, meaning she voluntarily left her foster home but people are concerned about her well-being. She was previously reported missing in December 2009, but was then quickly located, said Maureen Heads, supervisor of NCMEC's Missing Children Division.

"I know everyone's concerned for her safety and want her back home," Heads said.

Keonta is described as a black female, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 180 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes, a gap between her two front teeth and a scar on one of her arms.

The missing teen also has several tattoos. She has "TY" and stars tattooed on her right hand, a tattoo reading "Marshall" on her left forearm and a tattoo reading "VY" on her chest.

Anyone with information can call the NCMEC at 800-THE-LOST (843-5678) or D.C. police at 202-727-9099.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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