Authorities are looking for a missing 16-year-old girl who was last seen March 7 in Gainesville.
Laurie Balthazar, who is described as being 5 feet 3 inches and weighing 130 pounds, was last seen near the 5000 block of Northwest 27th Avenue, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. She is described as a black female with black hair and brown eyes.
Rhodenizer said the Sheriff's office received information that led to reclassifying her from a runaway to an endangered child, but he did not say what the information was. In conjunction with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a missing child alert was issued.
Laurie was last seen wearing wearing a lavender halter top sweater, green leggings and a tan floral scarf. Officials are asking anyone with information to contact the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office at 352-955-1818, or directly calling 911.