Missing 11-year-old girl found by deputies, is safe

(Tompkins County Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 5:14 PM EDT
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(WBNG) -- The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office says 11-year-old Amaysia has been found safe by deputies.

Sheriff Derek Osborne released a statement on the matter, saying

“I am happy to report that Amaysia has been found safe and sound by deputies and has been returned to her mother. As previously reported, there was no foul play suspected. Even so, we pulled out all the stops and committed all our resources to be on the safe side.

As Sheriff, I would like to educate the public that our office handles many missing child investigations, and are well aware of the Amber Alert system. There are strict protocols for Amber Alerts, none of which were met in this circumstance. We do not establish this criteria. This is why our County has the benefit of the Siren Emergency Alert program which was used in this case.

During the investigation, I was present, as were a great majority of our agency all working with family and friends to find Amaysia. Many of them came from home. It’s disheartening to read Facebook comments from people with no knowledge of Amber Alert. We issue such alerts in the hopes that people will help. For that reason, making statements that less is being done, or that an Amber Alert was not issued because of skin color is both discouraging and disgusting.

None of these comments are helpful to us while we’re in the middle of an investigation, nor do they do a thing for the parents of the missing child.

Our community needs to be better, and if you can’t help us in such a situation please stay away and cease from making such ugly comments.”


(WBNG) -- The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing 11-year-old named Amaysia.

The sheriff’s office described Amaysia as Black, with black hair in braided buns and wearing a purple coat and leggings, light pink sneakers and a clear backpack. She weighs around 100 pounds and lives on Graham Road.

She was at school Thursday at Northeastern Elementary and failed to get on the school bus at dismissal time, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities said as of Thursday afternoon, there is nothing to suggest foul play is involved.

Anyone who sees Amysia is asked to call 911.