Missing 10-year-old girl found safe, police say

Janyasia Edmonds (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Norfolk Police)
Janyasia Edmonds (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Norfolk Police)


UPDATE: Police at 9:38 a.m. said Janyasia Edmonds has been found safe.


NORFOLK – Police here are asking for the public’s help in finding a 10-year-old girl.

Janyasia Edmonds was last seen getting ready for school around 6:45 a.m. at her home in the 2500 block of East Virginia Beach Boulevard on Monday, police said.

Edmonds attends Richard Bowling Elementary — she did not return home from school Monday afternoon. Edmonds was last seen wearing a navy-blue shirt, khaki pants and black high top Vans.

Detectives believe she could be with her mother, Shamiaha Edmonds.

Authorities are asking for anyone who may know of the whereabouts of Janyasia Edmonds to call the non-emergency number at 757-441-5610 or contact the Norfolk Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP. You can also submit a tip through the P3Tips mobile app.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.