Mother: Missing Manassas girl severly disabled

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Date: 2009-01-08

Keith Walker

Freedia Glover said her adopted daughter Alexis, missing since noon on Wednesday, is probably confused and afraid.

Alexis, who was last seen at the Central Library on Mathis Avenue, has as form of autism that can cause psychotic episodes. She suffers from sickle cell anemia as well.

“She’s probably very sick and disoriented, and she might be a little fearful if she even sees that somebody is looking around for her,” Glover said.

Glover said Alexis, who has run away from home before, becomes frightened when people are searching for her because thinks she’s in trouble.

The last time Alexis ran away she went to the house next door to Glover’s on Sunset Drive in the Manassas area, thinking she was returning home, Glover said.

After she ran away several times, Glover put Alexis in the Prince William Sheriff’s Department’s Project Rescue.

People in the program, who are apt to wander away from home, wear radio bracelets so that sheriff’s deputies can find them.

Alexis’ bracelet was found Wednesday at Woodhue Court, off Manassas Drive.

Glover said Alexis in non-communicative when she’s hungry, which exacerbates her sickle cell symptoms.

“If she’s been fed and lucid, you can get a conversation from her. If not, she’s mute,” Glover said. “You might not get a lot out of her if she’s in sickle cell pain.”

When Alexis runs away she’s apt to hide. On one occasion she was found in a dog house, Glover said.

Glover asked that people check the crawl spaces of their homes, their sheds and under tarps.

“If you have tarps laying around, she will crawl under there and put the tarp around her,” Glover said. “She will curl up and find anything she can for cover. She cannot stand a lot of cold.”

“If she’s not inside some place. It’s not good. She’s really sick,”Glover said.

Alexis was last seen wearing blue jeans, a green and beige sweater and white tennis shoes.

She is black, 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 85 pounds.

Alexis responds better to women, Glover said. 

Manassas Bureau Chief Keith Walker can be reached at 703-369-6751.

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