Emily Graeber

Syracuse police and the FBI in two states are looking for a 15-year-old Missouri girl who was supposed to show up at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Oct. 27.

Emily Graeber, 15, was headed to the Island View Residential Treatment Center in Syracuse when she disappeared. She had been visiting home on leave from the program.

Police have evidence that Graeber's boarding pass was scanned, and they found her baggage but cannot find her. They believe she may have tried to run away, said Syracuse Police Lt. Tracy Jensen.

Graeber's debit card hasn't been used in the two weeks she has been missing, Jensen said.

"We have nothing definite to say she didn't get on the plane," Jensen said. "We just don't know."

FBI detectives are going through about 120 hours of airport security video taken in Salt Lake City and St. Louis in an attempt to get new leads in the case.

They are also talking with teens being treated at the Island View center in hopes that Graeber told them about her plans.

Island View is part of the Aspen Education Group, which owns and operates facilities throughout Utah and in other Western states. Graeber's disappearance is the latest in a series of problems for the company.

On June 27, a 15-year-old California boy died while in the care of a Draper-based Aspen facility. He was sent to bed and given only over-the-counter drugs despite painful bowel and stomach programs. By morning, he had died.

In April of 2007, a boy hanged himself in a Loa-based Aspen facility. Three years before, a 16-year-old teen hanged himself in the Syracuse program.

Police are seeking information from Missouri and Salt Lake residents in the recent disappearance. They believe the girl may be traveling with a companion. Anyone who has seen Graeber is asked to call Syracuse police at 801-825-4400.


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