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Police search for missing 6-year-old Gresham girl


by: COURTESY OF GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT - Gresham police are searching for 6-year-old Carmen Alexandria Welch, who has been missing since Saturday afternoon, April 13.Gresham police are looking for a 6-year-old girl who has been missing since Saturday afternoon.

Police said Carmen Alexandria Welch was last seen at 2:15 p.m. after was supposed to meet a friend who lives in the same apartment complex at 1072 S.E. Highway 26. The girl’s mother reported her missing when the girl did not show up at the other apartment.

About 30 searchers and four dogs from Multnomah County Search and Rescue have been searching the area and the area around an adjacent complex at 2831 S.E. Palmquist St.

Carmen is a 4-foot-tall African-American girl who weighs 50 pounds. She had played in a baseball game at North Gresham Grade School at about 1:15 p.m. At about 2:15 p.m., she arrived at her apartment complex with her mother, who made arrangements for her to play with a friend in the complex.

After Carmen did not meet the friend as expected, the friend contacted the mother to inquire as to Carmen's whereabouts, alerting the mother that she was missing. Police were called at 3:15 p.m. and began a search.

Carmen was last seen wearing a navy blue baseball jersey with the number "4" and "Gresham Little League" in writing and a long-sleeve black shirt underneath, dark baseball pants and blue ties in her hair.