They’re gone in a flash, one minute here, whisked away the next, leaving behind a maddening series of questions and speculation — and heartbreak. WWJ 950 is shining a light on long-missing people reported to the Detroit Police Department in the hope it will spark someone to remember something they saw and never reported. These are our missing, gone but not forgotten.

DETROIT (WWJ) A Detroit mother is living on a roller coaster of emotion every day while she waits for her daughter to come back home.

Polly, who doesn’t want her last name used, hasn’t seen her daughter Debbie Mitchell, 14, since she dropped her off at the bus stop July 28 at Joy Road and Beechwood. She adopted her after acting as a foster mother for eight years.

“She never disrespected me, she was always cooperative, she was supposed to have met some guy …  I think she’s messing with some adults that she shouldn’t have,” Polly said, adding, “My fear is that she’s going to come up hurt.”

Mitchell is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 147 pounds; she is black with brown hair and eyes. She was last seen wearing a white-and-black sundress and sandles.

Mitchell, who has attention deficit disorder, had her medications with her.


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