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Lakewood High School student Destiny Shorter, 15, goes missing

Destiny Shorter

Missing girl Destiny Shorter

By Brian Hews

A Lakewood High School student has gone missing and law enforcement officials have issued a formal alert in order to lfind the missing teenage girl.

On Monday, at approximately 2:50 P.M., Destiny Shorter, a 15 year-old African American female who attends Lakewood High School left school and did not arrive home.

“She is a missing critical (individual) because she has the mental capacity of a second grader,” said Detective Delgadillo from the Lakewood Sheriff’s Department late Monday night.

Shorter was last seen wearing a red jacket, white shirt, blue jeans, and she had a pink backpack. She was given a Long Beach Transit bus-pass and she may have boarded a bus near Lakewood High School. It is unconfirmed if she actually boarded a bus or walked away from the school. 
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Lakewood Sheriff’s Station at (562) 623-3500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website

To receive detailed, up-to-date information directly from the LASD via email, register for Nixle alerts at or more directly at and register for “LASD-HQ Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff” and also register for your local LASD station area. Or, text your zip code to 888777 to receive text alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply, depending on your calling plan.

For additional information, contact Detective Delgadillo, or Detective Rudd at Lakewood Sheriff’s Station (562) 623-3500.



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