YARMOUTH – The family of Michaela I. Gulley is working with police on the Cape and in the Boston area in hopes of locating the missing 15-year-old who left an unlocked treatment facility earlier this month.
“We’re really scared for her,” Chevonne Pratt, the girl’s mother said yesterday. “We haven’t heard anything from Michaela since August 7.”
That was the day that Michaela and another teenaged girl ran away from the Robert F. Kennedy Treatment Center on Run Pond Road in South Yarmouth.
The other girl, Alyssa Whitney turned herself into MBTA Police on August 12.
Pratt said Alyssa told authorities that the two hitchhiked from the Cape to Boston after leaving the RFK facility between 11:30 and midnight on August 7.
Alyssa said she last saw Michaela with a Hispanic man with a tribal neck tattoo on the Boston subway. The two were supposed to meet in an hour but Michaela never showed up for the meeting.
Police located the man with the neck tattoo and he said he had not seen the girl since an initial meeting.
Michaela’s grandmother, Betty Gulley of Nantucket said Michaela was born on Nantucket and lived on the island until the age of 13. At that point, Michaela’s mother and her second husband moved to Brewster on the Cape.
Pratt says Michaela is mentally ill and the family is very concerned about her safety.
The family has struggled to get Michaela the help she needs, Pratt said, because the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for years denied her a placement in a residential treatment center which the family has been seeking since 2011.
DCF officials finally approved the placement and Michaela was due to start school off-Cape at a residential center in September, according to her mother. “She was excited to go,” Pratt said.
She had been placed at the RFK center on June 2 after having been at the center for a long stay earlier this year.
Michaela is described as a white female with wavy brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5’9″ tall and weighs 245 pounds and is believed to be in the Boston area.
The Yarmouth Police Department has been working closely with the Boston Police, the Massachusetts State Police, and several other agencies. Michaela is also entered in the nationwide NCIS system and other Law Enforcement data systems, according to Yarmouth police.
Anyone with information about her location is urged to immediately contact:
The Yarmouth Police Department at 508.775.0445 extension 0
The Massachusetts State Police Headquarters at 508.820.2121
The Massachusetts Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 978.451.3700
The Boston Police Department Headquarters at 617.343.4500
Or any local police department.