Authorities call in bloodhounds, probe social media in search for missing 12-year-old girl

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Jasmine Baker (via Baltimore Co. Police)
Jasmine Baker (via Baltimore Co. Police)

After initial public pleas for help didn’t lead Baltimore County police to the whereabouts of 12-year-old Jasmine Baker, authorities called in reinforcements and looked at her social media history on Thursday.

Baker, a sixth grader at Perry Hall Middle School, was last seen Tuesday morning leaving her home in White Marsh for the school. She did not attend school that day, and was later reported missing by her mother. This is the first time she was reported missing, and she did not take any extra clothing or other items with her.

After putting out information that she was missing, police received 50 tips. Though they followed up on each one, none of the tips lead to the missing girl.

The FBI joined the search late Wednesday, and authorities also brought in bloodhounds. They conducted “extensive” searches around the home of Baker’s mother in the 4200 block of Soth Ave. in White Marsh, where she was last seen leaving. They also searched the area around Perry Hall Middle School, the home of Baker’s father in Baltimore City and hotels in the area, police said.

Governor-elect Larry Hogan also cancelled a stop in Perry Hall so his listening tour wouldn’t interfere with the search:

Investigators have also turned their attention to Baker’s social media use. According to Baltimore County police, detectives have determined that she “has a history of communicating with men — including men in other states.” To make contact with these men, she has used e-mail, texting and apps on Xbox and iPad touch, police said. However, police haven’t seen her post on social media since she went missing.

Jasmine Leighlin Baker is a white female, 5’5”, 175 pounds, blue eyes, and has long brown hair with blond and red streaks in it. Anyone with information on Jasmine Leighlin Baker is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or the Baltimore office of the FBI at 410-265-8080.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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