Troopers seek missing Kenai teen

Alaska State Troopers are searching for a Kenai girl who was reported as a runaway earlier this month.

Breana Leah Parmer, 15, was reported as a runaway on Wednesday, Nov. 4, said Captain Andy Greenstreet, commander of the Alaska State Troopers E detachment that covers the Kenai Peninsula. Greenstreet said her mother, Jana Parmer, reported dropping her off at school, and that she had skipped some classes and hasn’t been seen since.

Jana Parmer said the last time she saw her daughter was the morning of Monday, Nov. 2, and that she made a report later that day. She does not know which direction her daughter went, she said.

“We don’t have any concrete leads,” Jana Parmer said.

Breana Parmer was wearing blue jeans and a thin zip-up sweatshirt the day she went missing, Jana Parmer said. Breana Parmer has red hair and green eyes.

Jana Parmer said she realized something was wrong when only one of her daughters came home from school that day.

“Her sister rides the same bus with her, and when she got home at 3:10 p.m. she realized… she’s not there,” Jana Parmer said.

The family is somewhat new to the area, having moved from Palmer to Kenai about two and a half months ago, she said.

A trooper was out checking houses and collecting information Wednesday night, Greenstreet said. Troopers have been working with other police forces, including the Kenai Police Department, Greenstreet said.

“So far we still have her listed as a runaway,” he said. “There’s some indication that she may be with another student, another runaway.”

Troopers are only handling Breana Parmer’s case, Greenstreet said. Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl said his department did get a report of a runaway on Nov. 4, but that all the most recent cases of runaways have been reported as returned.

“Runaways are different than a missing persons case,” Greesntreet said. “But obviously we take them seriously… because they’re a minor.”

Troopers have put Breana Parmer’s case information into a peninsula-wide “briefing board” so all peninsula law enforcement will have a heads up. Breana Parmer was also put into a statewide system that would flag her as a runaway if police stopped her and ran her information, Greenstreet said.

Alaska State Troopers Public Information Officer Beth Ipsen said troopers responded to where they thought Parmer might be, but that as far as she knows they do not have further leads as to where she is.

“They had received some information about her whereabouts and it just didn’t pan out,” Ipsen said.

Ipsen encouraged anyone who comes in contact with Breana Parmer to call the troopers at 262-4453.

“Let her know that there are people that are concerned about her,” Ipsen said.

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsula.com.

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