Police ask for help to find missing Hampton teen

Posted at 3:35 PM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 15:35:52-05

Hampton, Va. - Police are asking for public assistance to locate a missing runaway that doesn't have required medication with her.Emma Vlodyka

Emma Vlodyka, 16, was last seen Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Peninsula Town Center. Vlodyka is from Alexandria, Virginia but was staying in Hampton at a mental health facility.

"She has had a life long struggle with mental illness and she was in this program down in Hampton since November, she had been doing a great job," explained Vlodyka's father, Ray Garcia.

Her mother, Jennifer Garcia, says because of her good behavior, Vlodyka was given a pass for lunch. Her mother traveled down and took her out to the Peninsula Town Center.

"When the time came for us to head back to the program she said she couldn't do it and took off running," said Jennifer.

Police searched for Vlodyka but unfortunately lost her trail until last week when Jennifer says she was spotted in the Downtown Hampton area.

Now her family is begging people to keep an eye out for her so they can bring her home and get her the help she needs.

"Emma we love you very much and we are very worried, please come home, please call us and we will come get you."

Vlodyka is 5'4" tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has blue eyes. She has blonde hair but police believe she has dyed her hair dark.

Emma was last seen wearing a black North Face jacket, blue jeans and glasses and was carrying a black back pack.

If you see Emma or have any information about her whereabouts,  call Hampton Police at 757-727-6111.