(COLON TOWNSHIP) – The St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help to locate a runaway teen.
Sheriff Brad Balk says his department received a call Monday at 5:35 PM regarding 14 year old Jessika Lashay Mathis, who ran away from the 59000 block of Pine Groves Road in Colon Township.
Jessika is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 105 pounds. She has blonde hair and hazel eyes and was last seen wearing a long sleeve shirt and jeans.
Authorities say Jessika is believed to be hiding in the Sturgis area with a sibling and may be planning on leaving the state for Tennessee. Possible locations for Jessika are in the 200 block of North Fourth Street; the 100 block of Vinewood Street or the 600 block of East Jerolene Street in Sturgis.
Anyone who has information on Jessika's location is asked to call St. Joseph County Central Dispatch at 269-467-4195.