Police searching for runaway teen

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The Penn Yan Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Antonia R.J. Mendez, 15, of the Village of Penn Yan.

Mendez is under the supervision of NYS Office of Children and Family resources and was wearing an ankle monitor that was subsequently cut off. A warrant has been issued by NYS OCFS.

Through social media Mendez has told family members she doesn’t want to return home.

Police believe Mendez is in the Rochester area and are treating the case as a juvenile runaway/warrant suspect.

Mendez is a white female, light skin tone, 5’3”, 130 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing jeans and an unknown color shirt with a backpack.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact the Penn Yan Police Department at (315)536-4426.

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