Gladstone teen goes missing after Halloween

Julia Michaels, 16, has been missing since Halloween evening. Anyone with information about Michaels' whereabouts is asked to call Gladstone police at 436-3550.

GLADSTONE — police are searching for a teen who was last seen on Halloween.

Julia Michaels, 16, was last seen around 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The Gladstone Public Safety Department is currently heading up the search, said detective John Eppert.

“We are handling the standing operating procedures in the case of a missing youth,” he said. “We are interviewing friends, family, anyone who has spent time with Julia, investigating where she might be. If we get leads, we are responding to all of them. We just have to find her and make sure she is safe.”

Michaels is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. The girl has a small, faint scar on her left eyebrow and on her upper left lip, brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black and white spandex pants, a dark colored, short sleeve shirt and red hightop Converse shoes.

Michaels' mother, Ravonna Ritter, said her daughter is “an amazing, intelligent, caring, wonderful girl.”

“She’s extremely smart. She transferred to Northtown to participate in their IB (International Baccalaureate) program. She is obsessed with her schoolwork, her grades, graduating with honors; she aspires to attend Harvard and be a medical doctor in the emergency room. She is truly amazing with young children, they always flock to her. I told her she would be an amazing pediatrician. She just always had that way about her, her smile always lit up a room. Her laughter always made me laugh,” she wrote in a Facebook message to the newspaper.

Michaels enjoys reading books, reading about one full novel every couple of weeks. She participated on the Gladstone Gators swim team for the last couple summers and recently joined the Northland United swim team this past August.

Ritter said her daughter snuck out to attend a Halloween party she was told not to attend and she has not seen her since.

“I also believe from reading her social media that she had every intention of attending school on Friday, and her debate tournament which occurred this past weekend. We believe that her not returning after a night out with her friends was not her choice,” Ritter wrote.

Anyone with information about Michaels' whereabouts is asked to call Eppert at 436-3550.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630.

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