Florida Teen Found Dead after Being Missing Since August

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On Monday, four days after she turned 16, Florida teen De’Shayla Ferguson was found shot dead in the front yard of a house, according to reports.

According to Spectrum News, a local newspaperAccording to Orlando Police, she was a ward. 

According to the outlet Ferguson was reported missing in 2022 after he ran away from Orlando’s Department of Children and Families (DCF). 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office did not reveal any details about a possible suspect, but said in a statement on Tuesday, “Be assured, our homicide detectives are working diligently to find and arrest her killer,”According to reports.

According to the report, a DCF employee stated to police that Ferguson was taken by DCF to Orlando to be placed with foster parents for the night. She had to appear in court on the next day regarding a case involving human trafficking. According to WESH local outlet

According to the report, teens are at risk of becoming violent. “became argumentative with staff,”The outlet reports that she ran away and two DCF employees tried unsuccessfully to find her. 

Ferguson was described as a “smart” person. “habitual runaway,”In the report. According to outlets, Ferguson has never been to Seminole County Public Schools.

According to the outlets, the report stated that the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation is working on the human trafficking case, and the sheriff’s office is currently investigating the teen’s murder.

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