Destiny Ripka was located by the Dallas Police Department on Thursday, November 20th and is safe.
To all our neighbors,
Please see the note below and the attached flyer from Jeri Arbuckle, a long-time resident of Peak's Addition. Her niece is missing and she has asked for our assistance in being on the look out for Destiny.
Thank you all.
I am writing to ask for your help. This time it is very personal -- my niece, Destiny Ripka, is missing. Would you please watch for her and call 9-1-1 immediately if you see her or you have seen her this week?
Police Flyer attached. Police have downgraded from "critical" missing because they no longer believe she is suicidal, but are continuing efforts to find her as a missing person. We know she is missing and that is critical to us.
Destiny - 16 yr old white female - attended school on Monday and has not been home since. She was seen Tuesday noon wearing a white jacket with fur trim and appeared to be with an adult African American woman not known to the family. She was not wearing her own clothes. One distinct feature is that Destiny has very light complexion (her mom jokes that she glows in the dark!). We believe she is with others who have a vehicle. Destiny does not have a drivers license and has not learned to drive.
Many of you have met and know Destiny. My sister, Destiny and I live together as a family. We are very concerned for Destiny's safety.
Please repost the flyer on your facebook and websites, and distribute however you can.
I know many of your neighborhoods have wonderful communication networks. If you feel that you can use them to help with this search, please get the word and picture out so that we might find her.
We deeply appreciate the many who have already been distributing flyers and working hard for her return, and for the outpouring of support. Her school staff, kids and families have been amazing and working in every way they can to help.
THANK YOU so much for your help. We are praying for her protection and safe return.
Best regards -
- Jeri Arbuckle
You can access a downloadable version of the flyer here: