A 12-year-old San Francisco girl who raised alarm Thursday when she didn't return home after school then didn't return a safe code text message to her mother is now considered a runaway and is not believed to be at risk, police spokesman Officer Boaz Mariles said.
Mireya Zapata was last seen when she left for school in the Sunset District Thursday morning. She texted her mother at about 3 p.m., saying she was at a bus stop on her way home, police said. Over the next several hours, Mireya and her mother had a texting conversation but Mireya never sent their secret code indicating she was okay.
At about 7 p.m., a text sent from Mireya's phone said "Don't look for me no more." Her mother texted back, "why" but the response was, "just don't."
Police initially considered Mireya at risk, saying she doesn't fit the category of a habitual runaway and that this type of behavior is very ususual for the girl. They're still looking for Mireya to reunite her with her family.
Mireya was wearing a white hoodie, blue jeans, black and white Nike shoes and was carrying a white backpack when she was last seen. She's Hispanic, 5 foot 3 inches and weighs 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about the incident should call San Francisco Police at 415-553-1071.