Missing 13-year-old Sarasota girl, 14-year-old boy return home

UPDATE ( Oct. 3, 2017, 5:30 a.m.): The FDLE has cancelled the Florida Missing Child Alert and said the case has been resolved.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said both missing/endangered teenagers, Gwyneth Dotson and Tyler McKenna, returned home to the City of Sarasota returned home on their own at 3 a.m. on Tuesday and are safe.


SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 13-year-old Sarasota girl.

Gwyneth Dotson, 13, texted family Monday morning that she was in the area of 10th Street and Tamiami Trail, with a possibly medical emergency, but has not been heard from since.

Dotson is described as 5’3” and 110 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a navy blue shirt with “1975” on the front, black skinny jeans and blue sneakers. She may be carrying a blue backpack.

Dotson may be in the company of Tyler McKenna, 14. He is also missing.

McKenna is 5’6” and 120 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with dark blue or black jeans, black shoes and black Vans backpack. He has a Longboard skateboard with a volcano painted on it.

FDLE said the pair may be headed to Arkansas.

Anyone with information regarding Dotson or McKenna’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1199.

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