ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Five of six missing persons who left the Annie Malone Center Friday night have been found, police said. The search is still on for a 14-year-old girl.
Police told News 4 three girls, ages 13, 14 and 15, and two boys, ages 11 and 13, left the Annie Malone Center. An 18-year-old man also left without permission.
Police said all were located and returned to the center on Saturday but the 14-year-old girl is still missing.
About a month ago, Alderwoman Shameen Clark Hubbard visited a store across from the Annie Malone Center.
"I noticed a child in the middle of the floor crying," Hubbard said. "As a mother of five, I could not walk past that child."
She talked to the child and said the child told her he ran away from the center.
"I was very disheartened by what I saw," Hubbard said. "But, the staff was doing an amazing job."
She questioned the center's resources and ten days later met with the CEO.
"She knew the problem. She knew the concerns," Hubbard said. "She wasn't acting as if she was oblivious to that, but was saying she was going to work on that."
Now, the CEO, Sara Lahman, tells News 4 there was a security breach Friday night. She sent this statement to News 4:
"We can confirm that there was a breach of security at our residential facility on July 12 2019. The safety and security of our staff and of the children we serve is paramount. We are investigating this incident and will act swiftly and appropriately."
Hubbard now wonders, as an alderwoman, what needs to be done to improve safety for the kids, staff and people in her district.
"These children who landed there are coming from bad circumstances. So, to come into something that could potentially be worse, it is like re-traumatizing them everyday," Hubbard said.
Lahman told News 4 she has recently invested in nearly $50,000 for security upgrades at the facility and will begin renovations soon.