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UPDATE (November 14, 12:15 p.m.)

BCoPD detectives, working with the FBI Baltimore Office and the Maryland State Police, continue to search for Jasmine Leighlin Baker, a 12-year-old White Marsh girl missing since Tuesday. They have investigated about 100 tips so far. Please continue to call police at 410-307-2020 with any information you believe may be relevant to this case.

UPDATE (November 13, 2:30 p.m.)

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Jasmine Leighlin Baker ask anyone who is a social media contact of the missing girl to contact police at 410-307-2020 as soon as possible; they believe her social media contacts may be helpful as they attempt to locate her.

Anyone with information about Jasmine should continue to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020. The 12-year-old Perry Hall Middle student -- missing since 7:30 a.m. Tuesday --- has never been reported missing before.

Police are aware of reports of an unfamiliar blue pickup truck seen near Jasmine's home in the 4200 block of Soth Ave., 21236. Detectives are investigating these reports, as well as several reports of other unfamiliar vehicles in the area. Contrary to unconfirmed reports, detectives say they have no evidence that Jasmine has been abducted.

BCoPD detectives have confirmed that Jasmine has a history of communicating with men -- including men in other states -- using Xbox Live and an iPod Touch. However, police cannot confirm that she has had any such contact in the last few weeks. Detectives have not noted any social media activity by Jasmine Baker since she was reported missing.

Detectives say Jasmine engaged in texting and live chat through the Xbox, which she also used to play games. She is known to strike up conversations with people she meets while playing games, as well as with other people.

Jasmine used the social messenger app "Kik." That is the only social media platform that detectives have been able to confirm Jasmine used, though they believe there are others.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has conducted a review of Jasmine's social media profile to see if she had additional social media user names. The Center did not find any additional user names for Jasmine.

The FBI's Baltimore office is extending the publicity regarding this case to other states along the East Coast, particularly in the mid-Atlantic. Police do not have any indication that Jasmine has left Maryland; however, as a precaution detectives are broadening the reach of this search.

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Baltimore County Police, along with the Baltimore office of the FBI and the Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit, continue an exhaustive search for Jasmine Leighlin Baker, a 12-year-old White Marsh girl who has been missing since Tuesday morning.

BCoPD has received more than 50 tips and has followed up each one. None of these tips has led police to the missing girl, but detectives continue to pursue the most substantial leads. Anyone with information about Jasmine Baker should call police at 410-307-2020.

Police have conducted exhaustive searches, some with bloodhounds, in the area around Jasmine's home in the 4200 block of Soth Avenue, 21236; around the Perry Hall Middle school, which she attended and where she told her mother she was going when she left home around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday; around her father's home in Baltimore City; and around all the sites mentioned by tipsters. Police have checked all the hotels in the White Marsh area and have reviewed camera footage from area businesses.

The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have assisted with publicity for this case; the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will assist with analysis of the girl's social media activity.

BCoPD detectives have confirmed that Jasmine has a history of communicating with men -- including men in other states -- through the email, texting and certain apps using an Xbox and WiFi or an iPod Touch. However, police cannot confirm that she has had any such contact in the last few weeks. Detectives have not noted any social media activity by Jasmine Baker since she was reported missing.

This is the first time Jasmine has been reported missing. She left without taking a phone or charger and without extra clothing.

Jasmine Leighlin Baker is a white female, 5’5”, 175 pounds, blue eyes, and has long brown hair with blond and red streaks in it. She is believed to be wearing a brown jacket. Her photo is included with this post.

Previous news articles on this case are included here:

UPDATE (November 12 3:31 p.m.):

The FBI is now assisting the Baltimore County Police Department with this investigation.

Anyone with information on Jasmine Leighlin Baker is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or the Baltimore office of the FBI at 410-265-8080.

Original release (November 12 9:27 a.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 12-year-old White Marsh girl.

Jasmine Leighlin Baker is a white female, 5’5”, 175 pounds, blue eyes, and has long brown hair with blond and red streaks in it. She is believed to be wearing a brown jacket.

Jasmine Leighlin Baker was last seen at 7:30 a.m. yesterday morning. At that time, she was leaving her home in the 4200 block of Soth Avenue 21236 to walk to Perry Hall Middle School where she is in sixth grade. When she did not return home in the afternoon, her mother called the school and was advised that Jasmine had been absent.

This incident is being investigated by the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit. Detectives know that Jasmine is very active on social media sites.

Anyone with information on Jasmine Leighlin Baker is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Photos of Jasmine Leighlin Baker

Photo of Jasmine Baker, missing 12 year old.

Photo of Jasmine Leighlin Baker, missing 12 year old.

UPDATE (June 16):

The Crimes Against Children Unit has completed its investigation into this incident and found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Perry Hall High School teacher in this case.

Original release (June 5):

Early this morning, at about 3 a.m., police from the White Marsh precinct investigated a suspicious condition reported at the precinct by the mother of a 15-year-old Perry Hall High School student. The complaint involved numerous text messages sent back and forth between the girl and one of her teachers, a 42-year-old man.

The officer viewed several dozen texts and found that they described an emotional relationship that seemed inappropriate for a teacher and student. The initial review of the available evidence indicated that a more detailed investigation was necessary. A copy of the report was sent to the Crimes Against Children Unit and the Safe Schools Facilitator.

Today at 9:45 a.m., police responded to the girl's home for a report of a disturbance. The girl's father told the officer that the girl's teacher -- the same teacher who had sent the texts -- had just showed up at this home without permission, saying he wanted to talk. The girl's father told the teacher to leave, but the teacher refused. The girl's father then struck the teacher with a baseball bat. The teacher and the father gave slightly different versions of the assault, which did not occur in the presence of the officer.

The officer found that the teacher sustained minor injuries and advised him of the process for filing charges for second-degree assault (a misdemeanor). The teacher said he did not wish to pursue any charges.

The teacher was advised by the officer that he would be arrested if he returned to the family's home.

The officer also advised the girl's family of the process for applying for a protective order.

This incident is under active investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crime Against Children Unit. Names of the persons involved in this incident are not being released because of the active investigation. Once the investigation is complete, the report will be presented to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. The State's Attorney's Office will review the report and decide if any charges will be brought.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

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