May 16, 2017 at 6:51 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Dozens of Aaliyah Kazimer's family, friends and people from the Annandale community used up every last bit of daylight on Monday searching in and around Riverside Park in St. Cloud for the missing 17-year-old.
Aaliyah's cousin Melissa Goldsmith is heading up the search.
She describes Aaliyah as a vivacious, beautiful artist and just wants her home.
"Somebody knows something, somebody heard something, somebody saw something. Even if you think it's insignificant please come forward," Goldsmith told KNSI News as they were searching Monday night.
She's asking people to come forward "even if it means sacrificing yourself."
She says United Legacy Search and Rescue is helping with the search efforts and they are reaching out to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center to get the word out about Aaliyah's disappearance.
Erin has known Aaliyah since the 8th grade, and says her best friend wouldn't go this long without getting ahold of someone.
"She likes to keep to herself a lot, so sometimes you won't hear from her for a couple hours, but three days, this is not like Aaliyah at all."
Erin says Aaliyah is a great artist and designed the senior class T-shirts.
She's holding out hope that Aaliyah will be able to graduate with her from Annandale High School on Friday.
"Our town is a big family it feels like, and things like this bring us together, makes me real proud to be where I'm from, keeping everyone...positive."
Aaliyah was last seen around 5 p.m. Saturday at an address in the 6200 block of County Road 120.
The car she was driving was found in the Riverside Park parking lot at 8:45 Sunday night by family members.
After family members found her car, a Stearns County Sheriff's Office bloodhound tracked the girl's scent approximately 1/2 mile south of the parking lot and lost the scent near the edge of the river.
Authorities plan to continue searching on Tuesday if the weather and water conditions aren't too bad.
Anyone with information that could help the investigation is urged to call the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200 or Tri-County Crimestoppers at 800-255-1301.
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