SLC police search for missing teen

Posted at 9:39 AM, Jul 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-18 21:58:16-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Police asked the public for help Thursday in locating a missing disabled teenager.

According to a press release, officers are searching for 16-year-old Mharina Acciaio. They said the teen was dropped off at City Creek Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday, and hasn't returned home since.

Police say a worker with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services dropped Mharina off at the shopping center to go to the Apple store.

"She's got her iPod and goes to the Apple store to figure out what's wrong with it and they help her," Thomas Acciaio said.

Police said Acciaio has several health conditions, and requires medication. Without her medication, she is prone to impulsive and risky behavior.

"She's low-functioning when she's not on her meds. If she's on her meds, she's a normal 16-year-old," said Thomas Acciaio, Mharina.

Acciaio is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black tank top, black sweat pants and pink flip-flops.

Officers said Acciaio is known to spend time in downtown Salt Lake City malls and libraries. If you have any information on the teen, call Salt Lake City police at (801) 799-3000.