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Sheriffs office seeks help in locating runaway teen
Missing teen pic
Local authorities are asking for help in locating 17-year-old Katherine Emily Gayozo-Calzon, who was last seen Jan. 26 at her home in Dawson County. Anyone with information on the teen's whereabouts is asked to call (706) 344-3535. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County Sheriff's Office is turning to the public for help in locating a missing teen.

Investigators say Katherine Emily Gayozo-Calzon, 17, was wearing pajamas when she left her home on foot around 6:15 a.m. on Jan. 26.

While she has been in touch with friends, her whereabouts are unknown at this time, according to Sgt. Christopher Murphy.

"She has family in Florida, but has not reached out to them," he said.

Gayozo-Calzon reportedly left her cellphone and belongings at home.

Murphy said he believes there are individuals who are helping the teen hideout.

"It should be noted that anyone that is assisting Katherine or know her whereabouts could be charged with interference with child custody," he said. "I am hoping by putting this out that someone will come forward with information."

"Katie," as she is known to her friends, is 5 feet tall and weighs 125 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Tips can be provided to the Dawson County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, the anonymous tip line at (706) 265-4744, or the main number of (706) 344-3535.