Lawanda-LongNew Orleans Police are trying to located 16-year-old Lawanda Long who hasn’t been seen since January.

Police said Long was last seen by her mother on the evening of January 20, 2013 leaving their Central City home in the 2400 block of Jackson Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nola, an online news website, reported a story back in October 2012 regarding Lawanda Long. It appears the teen is a chronic runaway and could be hanging out with a bad crowd. Her mother is worried due to the length of time without contact.

The October case is very similar to the January case. Both times Long was seen leaving her mother’s residence on Jackson Avenue at approximately 7PM.

She may still be in the local area.

Race: Black Sex: Female
Hair: Black shoulder-length
Height: 5’5″
Weight: 130 pounds
Other: She was last seen wearing tight, black pants and a light blue shirt and has tattoos on both her left and right hands.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) 504.821.2222.