Somer Renee Thompson is a second grade student that attends Grove Park Elementary School in Orange Park, Florida. She is 7 years old, a white female, 3 ft. 5 in. tall and she weighs about 65 lbs. she has brown hair and when she was last seen she was wearing a cranberry colored jumpsuit with pink striped sleeves. She also was carrying a black, pink and white colored backpack with a skull and hearts on it.

Somer was last seen walking home from school Monday with her twin brother and her sister but separated from them as she ran ahead of them heading towards her home. The sheriff’s office say they have checked with all of the immediate family including the girl’s father who lives in North Carolina.

An Amber Alert has not been issued because the investigators do not have a vehicle description but the sheriff says they may be issuing one later Tuesday.

Sheriff Rick Beseler claims this is the longest a child has been missing in his county, Clay County, in 22 years. They are asking the public if anyone has any information about a blue sedan that was seen in the area close to the school within a block from where Somer was last seen about 10 days ago. They say there was 2 Hispanic men and 1 Hispanic woman who were trying to lure a child into the car with them. They would not discuss anything else about that incident though. The Orange Park Police Department handled that incident and a report will go out later today concerning it.

First Coast News reports that Somer’s mother notified the sheriff’s office around 5 pm Monday afternoon that her daughter didn’t come home from school. “Her mother began looking for her, and after about two hours, she flagged down a patrol car and reported that Somer did not come home this afternoon,” said Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler.

“We would ask that the public assist us in providing any information that anyone may have about this little girls whereabouts…she has been missing for about seven hours now,” said Beseler.

He added, “We’re hoping that Somer has gone maybe to a friend’s house or something like that, but we’re leaving no stone unturned. We’re diligently looking right now and we need help from the public.”

Beseler says they were out all night using the infrared cameras and dog teams searching the wooded areas and they also interviewed all the registered sex offenders in the area and they will continue today to search for her. He is asking that residents in the Grove Park area to look through their yards, parked cars, and adjacent properties and if they find anything unusual that might be helpful to please call it in.

If anyone has seen a little girl fitting this description PLEASE call 911, or the CCSO non-emergency line at (904) 264-6512.  You can also call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.

This is really scary. This child is the fourth one in Florida that we have reported on. First Caylee Anthony who’s remains were found 6 months later, then Adji Desir and Haleigh Cummings who are both still missing and now Somer Renee Thompson. What is going on in this state? This is the United States of America. Aren’t we supposed to be the land of the free yet our children are not even safe on the streets walking home from school. Some families live in areas where public busing is not offered so the children have no choice but to walk back and forth to school. Something needs to be done to protect these children more.

My prayers will be with this family that this adorable little girl is found soon and is safe and returns home. God please look after her.

Jan Barrett

Update – An Amber Alert has now been issued. Read about it here.

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