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Auburn police need help in finding Caleta

Rhonda White turns to look at a portrait of her daughter, Celeta, who has been missing since her baby Aug. 22, 2006. Celeta, then 18, took a bus to visit her boyfriend in Tukwila, but she has not been seen or heard from since. ‘All I’m asking for is for someone to bring her back to me,’ Rhonda said. ‘I know she is still out there. I’m not giving up hope.’ - Mark Klaas/Auburn Reporter
Rhonda White turns to look at a portrait of her daughter, Celeta, who has been missing since her baby Aug. 22, 2006. Celeta, then 18, took a bus to visit her boyfriend in Tukwila, but she has not been seen or heard from since. ‘All I’m asking for is for someone to bring her back to me,’ Rhonda said. ‘I know she is still out there. I’m not giving up hope.’
— image credit: Mark Klaas/Auburn Reporter

The Auburn Police Department and the family of Caleta S. White are asking for the public's help in locating their missing daughter.

Caleta was 18 years of age when she was last seen by her mother on Aug. 21, 2006.

“She gave me a kiss and a hug and told me, ‘I’ll see you, Mom. I love you. I’ll call you,’ ” said the mother, Rhonda White.

Caleta never called. She will be turning 24 years of age on Monday.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children completed an Age Progression photo of what Caleta is believed to look like in her early 20s (as shown in the inserted photo).

“It’s been hard, very hard,” Rhonda said. “I’m still waiting for her call. I still hope to hear her voice again. I know that she is still alive.

“All I’m asking for is for someone to bring her back to me. I know she is still out there. I’m not giving up hope.”

Caleta, nicknamed “KK,” was looking forward to her senior year at Auburn High School. She planned to attend beauty college. But everything changed on that August day when she left her mother’s house in Auburn to take a bus to her boyfriend’s place in Tukwila.

White was last seen on Metro Bus No. 128, wearing a yellow Adidas jacket, blue jeans, yellow boots and earrings.

The family began to worry because Caleta had always checked in before. She lived on her cell phone, but there has been no activity on it since her disappearance.

Auburn police have continued their investigation into the circumstances surrounding Caleta’s disappearance, and it is believed that there are persons in the community who have information that could greatly assist with the investigation.

Anyone having information associated to Caleta’s disappearance is encouraged to call Auburn police at 253-804-3119 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST).

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