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    Volunteers gather in a shopping center in Sacramento's Pocket area Friday to distribute fliers about the disappearance of Bedria Williams, who was last seen in the neighborhood on Jan. 19.

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    Pat Williams, Bedria Williams' father, believes his daughter "is being held against her will."

Search effort continues for teen last seen in Sacramento

Published: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 - 1:52 pm

A search effort is under way for 15-year-old Bedria Williams, who went missing from her home in Oregon last month and was last seen in Sacramento.

The teenager left her school in Creswell, Ore., shortly after noon Jan. 11. Her father, Pat Williams, believes she boarded a commuter bus to Eugene, Ore., before making her way to Sacramento.

"The leads are not panning out," Williams said Friday in Sacramento. "Somebody out there locally knows where she is at."

Bedria is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds. She was last seen on Jan. 19 near Greenhaven and Rush River drives. Williams believes his daughter "is being held against her will."

The girl was adopted from Ethiopia six years ago and speaks English with a slight accent.

Samora Deng, 22, of Elk Grove showed up Friday morning to pass out fliers at local stores. Deng said he heard about the case through an email from an Ethiopian community leader.

Shelli LaMadrid, a volunteer with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, is leading the search effort. LaMadrid and Williams have set up a command post outside Vientos Mexican Concina restaurant at 7600 Greenhaven Drive in Sacramento. "We really need the public's help for volunteers," LaMadrid said.

Sacramento police have called Bedria an "at-risk missing person due to her age."

Search efforts will continue today. Anyone who wants to help can call LaMadrid (916) 267-7877 or Pat Williams (541) 731-2462.

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