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Police ask for public’s help in finding missing Fairview Heights teen

Xaria M. Garling, 15, was last seen the morning of Jan. 18, when she was dropped off at Wyvetter Younge Middle School in East St. Louis.
Xaria M. Garling, 15, was last seen the morning of Jan. 18, when she was dropped off at Wyvetter Younge Middle School in East St. Louis. Fairview Heights Police Department

Fairview Heights police are asking for the public’s help in finding a teen girl who has been missing since Friday.

Xaria M. Garling, 15, was last seen the morning of Jan. 18, when she was dropped off at Wyvetter Younge Middle School in East St. Louis, a news release from police stated. She was wearing a pink coat, pink boots, orange polo shirt and dark jeans.

According to the release, Garling frequents the East St. Louis area and the St. Clair Square Mall. The last telephone contact with Garling came from the mall on Friday night.

Garling is 5-foot-9, approximately 130 pounds with straight black hair.

Anyone with information on Garling’s whereabouts can call the Fairview Heights Police Department at 618-489-2100.

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Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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