Missing 15-year-old Norfolk girl found safe

Posted at 2:30 PM, Jan 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 23:27:29-05

NORFOLK, Va. – A teen who went missing out of Norfolk this week is back home.

Melody Wells-Munroe told News 3 her daughter, 15-year-old Amaria Derrickson, has been found safe. She reached out to us after her daughter’s runaway case was upgraded to an endangered missing person case.

Amaria Derrickson

Wells-Munroe said Amaria has a severe mental condition.

She has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder and more. Wells-Munroe said in the past, she has threatened to kill her and attempted to buy a gun.

“If she’s not able to control her impulses she’s not only a threat to us, she’s a threat to society,” Wells-Munroe said.

The teen was recently released from a local mental health facility just eight days ago. Before being discharged, she had spent eight months in the rehabilitation center.

Staff members reported that Amaria was no longer having impulse controls of violence of homicidal ideations.

She was home for less than a week before she began to lash out again. Around 1 a.m., she left her Norfolk home and was originally reported as a runaway. Hours later, Norfolk Police upgraded her status to missing.

“I wonder if she’s cold, if she’s hungry, if she’s being hurt, if she’s safe, if she’s dead,” Wells-Munroe said earlier Friday.

Amaria has run away from home in the past, but never for this long. Her mother said regardless of how long the teen is gone, her heart breaks every time.