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Manhattan Beach Girl Goes Missing

She was last seen walking her dog on the beach. A man she was seen with may be from San Diego.

Manhattan Beach resident Leah Kritzer, 14, has been missing since Sunday. Photo courtesy of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.
Manhattan Beach resident Leah Kritzer, 14, has been missing since Sunday. Photo courtesy of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.

Originally posted at 10:48 a.m. March 13, 2014. Edited to add more details.

UPDATE at 4:04 p.m.: A 14-year-old girl who has run away from home before was sought today by Manhattan Beach police and investigators say she was last seen with a person with ties to the San Diego area.

Leah Kritzer was last seen about 6 p.m. Sunday in the area of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Valley Drive, along with a male who was pictured along with Kritzer in a photograph being circulated by investigators.

"The subject is believed to have connections to the San Diego area," according to a police statement.

Investigators have not identified the male, Manhattan Beach Detective Sgt. Paul Ford said.

Original story:

A Manhattan Beach teenager has gone missing, and local police and the FBI are hoping the public can help in the search.

According to an email from Manhattan Beach Unified Superintendent Mike Matthews, Leah Kritzer, 14, has been missing since Sunday.

“She was last seen walking her dog on the beach, and there has been no contact with her since that time,” Matthews wrote. “I have spoken with her mother and she is asking that all of us be on the lookout for her.”

Still, Manhattan Beach police don't necessarily suspect foul play. They report that  Kritzer ran away in January and was eventually found at a local motel

Kritzer, a student at Manhattan Beach Middle School, is described as 5 feet, 7 inches with braces and blond hair with orange tips. She was wearing an unknown color shirt, blue jeans with holes in them, black boots, an infinity necklace and a ring on a  finger, police said.

“There is a concern that she may have met a person online, as her parents found her posing as an adult in chat rooms,” Matthews wrote.

According to KTLA, the dog was found walking alone and Kritzer left her cell phone at home. 

Anyone with information was urged to call Manhattan Beach Police at 310-802-5140.

--City News Service contributed to this report.

Gerry O'Connor March 13, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Please also read the MBPD Nixle report, released at 11:38AM today (Thursday), that includes some additional identifying information: http://local.nixle.com/alert/5163264/
lscott March 13, 2014 at 04:40 PM
It's upsetting that this is the first I've heard of this. I spend a lot of time downtown in both Manhattan and Hermosa. Local businesses should be sending out emails to their databases- fliers should be hanging around town..... I haven't seen any!
Penny Arévalo March 13, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Story now updated. Police don't necessarily suspect foul play.
Nancy Noe March 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM
How is it not foul play when an adult has custody of a missing child?
lscott March 14, 2014 at 12:52 PM
They found her in San Diego- unharmed- with a 24-year-old man she met on the internet. I think it's time for her parents to monitor her internet activity....

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