HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have just released surveillance video footage from a Homestead restaurant showing an 11-year-old girl on the day she was last seen.
The Homestead Police Department released the surveillance video from Jan. 7 that shows 11-year-old Kanaiya Smith walking into the Juice Cafe, at 2834 NE 8th St.
“She was barefoot. She came in with no shoes on,” Katherine Rosales, a store employee, said. “She was using a sock as a mask and an oversized T-shirt.”
Smith is seen wearing a red face mask, large white T-shirt and white socks after, Rosales said, she ran away from her foster home.
Police believe she may be in the company of an extended family member or friend.
“When she came in, she was scared,” Rosales said. “She was crying. She asked to use the phone, and she called her godmother. Then, I slowly started asking her questions like ‘Are you OK?’ She started telling me, no, she wasn’t OK. She had to run away because where she was at was crazy, and it wasn’t a safe place for her.”
Rosales said the young girl was frightened and emotional when she told her her godmother sent an Uber to pick her up.
“I calmed her down. I gave her a smoothie, and I made sure when the Uber got here, I made sure that it was the Uber, and she got in the Uber safely,” Rosales said. “I really hope that she’s OK. I hope that they find her. I’m really worried for her.”
Authorities do not believe foul play is involved in her disappearance.
If you have any information on her whereabouts, call the Homestead Police Department at 305-247-1535.
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