DODGE CITY, Kan. (KAKE) - Dodge City police said in a Facebook post at 2:42 p.m. that the girl was located and is safe.

Police in southwest Kansas are asking for the public's help in locating a runaway 12-year-old girl who may be in a vulnerable mental state. 

The Dodge City Police Department said the girl was last seen at her home at around 7:15 a.m. Thursday. She was wearing a gray DCMS (Dodge City Middle School) Cardinal sweatshirt and jeans. She may also be carrying a black backpack and a pink bag. 

While she was last seen in the 2800 block of Hennessey Court, her direction of travel is unknown, police said. 

"Melany is believed to be in a vulnerable state and may be suicidal," DCPD said on Facebook.

If you see the girl or know her whereabouts, call Ford County dispatch at 620-227-4646, submit a tip through TIP411, or send a message to the DCPD Facebook page or website at

If you are having suicidal thoughts, please get help immediately. Go to a hospital, call 911 or call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.


EDITOR'S NOTE: The girl's name and picture have been removed from this article.