Missing teen found safe in Montgomery

Published 9:16 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2024

The Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office has announced that a teenager who was missing from the Brantley area Tuesday morning had been located. Another person is being held for questioning in relation to the teen’s disappearance.

Jasmine McMeans, 16, was located in Montgomery late Tuesday morning after she left the area of Carter Road in Brantley and did not return. Rasheed Blake, 22, was identified as a person of interest in the case and has been detained by the Montgomery Police Department for questioning.

According to Sheriff’s Lieutenant Chris Stewart, Blake is suspected of having picked up McMeans in Brantley. He was located and detained at a Montgomery hotel.

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“[Crenshaw County] Deputy Justin Wood helped us navigate the situation, working with Montgomery PD, and was able to locate the gentleman we believe picked her up down in Brantley,” Steward said. “He’s got to be questioned by Montgomery detectives for unrelated allegations that he might have been involved in an incident [in Montgomery] a couple of weeks ago.”

After questioning in Montgomery, Blake will either be released to the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office or be held to face charges related to McMeans’s disappearance. Stewart said a warrant will be issued for Blake on charges of interfering with custody.

“Of course, this is still under investigation,” Stewart said. “More charges could come later.

McMeans is a Black female with brown eyes and black hair. She stands 5-foot-five and weighs 150 pounds. At the time of her disappearance, the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office requested the community’s help locating the teen.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) issued an Emergency Missing Child Alert through its Alabama Fusion Center Tuesday morning. Circumstances surrounding the incident did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, but the Sheriff’s Office thanked community members for their concern.

“Your involvement is invaluable in these situations,” department representatives wrote in a social media post. “We appreciate your concern and engagement in helping us ensure the safety of our community, especially in cases involving missing individuals.”