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Endangered Maryland teen missing since June

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Local,Crime,Ben Giles

Authorities are searching for a runaway District teenager that hasn't been seen by her family since June.

Shermaya Jenkins, 17, went missing from Takoma Park on June 21, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which lists Jenkins as an "endangered runaway."

Authorities believe she's still in the Washington region. Shermaya has been in contact with her father since she went missing, at one point calling to tell him she wanted to come home, according to Rebecca Kovar, spokeswoman for the NCMEC. But the phone abruptly disconnected during the call, and despite efforts by authorities to track her down based on the number provided by the father, she has not been seen since, Kovar said.

Shermaya turns 18 on Dec. 20, and authorities are hopeful she'll be in contact with her family around that time, Kovar said. Her father believes she may come home around her birthday, Kovar said.

"Shermaya's family is anxious to hear from her," Kovar said.

Shermaya is described as black, 5-foot-6 and weighing 100 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Jenkins has a tattoo of a rose and the name "Sherman" on her upper right leg, and when she was last seen, her hair was highlighted red.

Anyone with information about Shermaya's whereabouts is asked to call NCMEC at 800-THE-LOST (843-5678).

bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

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