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Niagara Falls Police are enlisting national help to find a runaway girl

NIAGARA FALLS – The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had been called to help Niagara Falls Police in their search for a runaway 15-year-old girl.

Dalene Mcilwain, a habitual runaway, according to Niagara Falls Juvenile Detective Lorrie Alvarez, has been missing since Sept. 19. She frequently runs away to Buffalo, but called her mother last week, and then hung up, from a phone that was traced to Baltimore. Alvarez said they were unable to trace the phone. Baltimore police also searched for the girl without success.

Authorities believe she was in the company of an unknown adult male.

“There is no indication that she was abducted or taken away against her will,” said Capt William Thomson, chief of detectives.

Alvarez said the search has been hampered because they believe Mcilwain may be telling people she is 18 and using a false name. She also created a “fake Facebook” pretending to be her mother and saying she had been found so people would stop looking for her, said Alvarez.

McIlwain was 14 at the time of her disappearance and had black hair. Her hair may have been dyed gold. She has brown eyes, weighs 100 pounds and is 5-foot-2.

Anyone with information should contact Niagara Falls Police at 286-4711.