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Police searching for another missing Chelsea teen, the second this month

Marlayna Velasquez and Virginia Alvarez, both 17 years old, have been reported missing.

The Chelsea Police Department is on the search for another missing teenage girl, Marlayna Velasquez, who has been missing since Nov. 16. This is the second missing persons report regarding a teenage girl in Chelsea this month. The other teenager, Virginia Alvarez, has been missing since Nov. 6. 

The girls are both 17 years old and attend Chelsea High School, but police do not believe the two cases are linked, Boston 25 News reported. Both cases are being investigated by Lieutenant David Betz. 

“She’s a young pretty girl and I just am worried about a lot of things: people selling her, drugs, trafficking, all those things are running through my mind. I’m very, very worried,” Joanna Velasquez, Marlayna Velasquez’s mother, told Boston 25 News. 

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Marlayna Velasquez was last seen in her mother’s apartment, and is thought to possibly be in New York, according to Boston 25 News. 

Chelsea police also released a missing persons description for Alvarez Nov. 17. Police believe Alvarez may be in the area of Lynn, Mass. with her boyfriend. Police describe her as a 5-foot-1 Hispanic teenager, with black hair and black eyes. She is believed to suffer from an intellectual disability. 

“These kids are susceptible to anything. When these kids are out there … they don’t have the means to provide for themselves as they would when they are home. They may resort to any number of methods to get that support,” Betz told Boston 25 News. 

Betz said he would enter both Marlayna Velasquez and Alvarez into the national missing persons database. 

Anyone with information is urged to call Chelsea Police at 617-466-4855 or Betz at 617-466-4828. 

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