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UPDATE: Missing teen Jaleena Watts found

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15-year-old Jaleena Watts has been found; no details available. (Photo provided)

LANSING, Ill. (January 4, 2024) – “I wanted to reach back out and let you know that Jaleena has been found as of yesterday!” read an afternoon email from Kyndal Kelly of the Black and Missing Foundation Inc. (BAMFI). “I do not know any further details, but her father alerted me of the great news!”

Kelly had reached out to The Lansing Journal yesterday, hoping that the added exposure would improve the chances of finding the missing Lansing teen.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. I am so So
    grateful that Jeleena Watts was safe and returned home to her family and friends. Blessings!

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