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UPDATE: Missing 12-Year-Old Astoria Girl Returns Home

(Update) April 23, 2018 Staff Report

A 12-year-old Astoria girl who went missing Thursday has returned home safely, police said.

Shelsy Zapata, 12, went missing from her 23-32 31st Road apartment on Thursday, April 19. Two days later, April 21, she arrived home uninjured, police said.

Further details were not released.


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People seem to be missing the point about kids nowadays. They are growing up faster than ever before. I see 12-14 year olds out after 10pm all the time, and of course it’s due to a lack of proper parenting. It’s these kids that get wrapped up into gangs, sex and violence, and it’s only getting worse.


No they aren’t growing up faster. No, it’s not getting worse.
Kids in the 1960s-1970s-1980s were doing the same things.
Remember all the heavy metal being played backwards to listen to satan? lol

25% more kids get college degrees than 40 years ago.

Parents were great in the old days you know. When teachers and priests were molesting children they just called the kid a liar.

charles castro

There’s a difference between being missing and being a runaway.. If you’re thayt weak and sensitive seek a safe space, snowflake.

Frances Michaels

How about keeping your stupidity to yourself !! Most of the time these things happen because people are NOT PARENTING !!


Maybe the parents had to work late and she left.
Do you want them to put a GPS ankle bracelet on her.

People like you are ridiculous. Yes, I would not let my 12 year old leave at 10pm. But every single thing a kids does can’t be blamed on “NOT PARENTING”.

I guess you expect kids to never do dumb things?

Jackie D.

At this point what does that even matter?! She’s missing. Looks like you would like to place blame but that wont help the situation. Prayers and well wishes needed for the family not judgement!


Way to miss the point. What good does passing judgment do in this situation? We don’t know the circumstances that led to the disappearance. All that is important is finding the missing person, not immediately blaming her parents without any knowledge of the circumstances. Refocus.


The Biblical “woman” was married off at 12 and had kids.

So, if you follow one of the religions that believes in the Bible, then surely a 12 year old can leave her home at 10:00pm


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