HOUSTON – The FBI Houston Crimes Against Children squad said a missing 13-year-old girl who was last seen in northeast Houston has been found.
FBI Houston said the 13-year-old girl has been taken to an area hospital to be evaluated and additional information will be released later.
Authorities have not yet provided details on where the teen was found or the nature of her disappearance.
The FBI said she was last seen on Sept. 20 at 10510 Rockaway Dr.
Houston police said her guardian, who runs the foster home at 10510 Rockaway Drive, called police and said she had been gone from the home from Sept. 8 through Sept. 20.
On Sept. 20, the girl’s guardian said she came back home and was taken to the hospital. When HPD followed up the next day, the guardian said she ran away again.
Authorities said she was wearing a white and yellow striped shirt, unknown colored pants, black shoes and a clear backpack. She is approximately 5′3″ tall, weighs 147 lbs., has black hair and brown eyes.
Around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, an Amber Alert was issued for a missing 13-year-old girl. Authorities said the teen may have been abducted or a victim of sex trafficking.
“We believe she may be a victim of sex trafficking and we believe she may be in danger,” said FBI’s public affairs officer, Christina Garza, Public.
The FBI was searching for Sha Kendrick Smith in connection to her. Authorities said Smith may have been driving a blue 2008 GMC truck with the license plate 28809T1.
Court records show Smith has a criminal record. He was convicted of unlawfully carrying a weapon in 2020.
The FBI Houston, who is the lead investigating agency, said it does not get involved with runaway cases, and from what they know they believe she is in danger.
“If we believe that child may be a victim of a federal crime, the FBI gets involved,” said Garza.
We tried speaking with people seen going into the foster home but they did not answer. Neighbors described seeing two girls running from the home around the time Graham disappeared.
“Yeah she was crying and there was another little girl running behind her yelling for her to come back,” said one neighbor.
KPRC 2 asked HPD if there was a missing child report filed by anyone, including protective services, and they said no.
The FBI said it did not get involved in the case until Sept. 30.