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Dubuque mom pleads for help to bring missing daughter home

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A Dubuque mom is pleading for help to bring her missing daughter home. 15-year-old Savannah Martins ran away from her home in Dubuque on August 11th.

"I'm not sleeping. I'm not doing anything. It's my focus when I'm at home," said Martins mother, Kimberly Qassebji.

Qassebji said her daughter faces serious mental illnesses and left all of her medicine at home.

"It's the worst feeling in the world knowing that she's a danger to herself right now," said Qassebji.

Qassebji and family friends have been placing flyers around the city of Dubuque in hopes someone will recognize her daughter and help her come home. According to the flyer, Martins was last seen wearing a black Nike work out pants and a Black Senior High School band shirt.

"People said they have been spotting her at the mall, she's been seen on 20th and Jackson, and down by the 2600 block of Jackson. There have been a lot of people saying that she has been there, but it's usually after the fact so the police can't do anything with it," said Qassebji.

Lt. Scott Baxter with the Dubuque Police Department said a majority of runaway reports the police department sees is with people around Martins' age. He said whether the runaway was voluntary or involuntary the police department treats every case the same.

"People this age shouldn't be out there on their own or with questionable subjects. So we are always concerned with what they are doing, how they are fending for themselves, what activities they are becoming involved in," said Lt. Baxter.

Lt. Baxter said if you are harboring a runaway, whether that be Martins or another runaway, prepare for consequences.

"For anybody out there who might be assisting her, harboring here in anyway or providing any means for her to further her current status, you can be charged with harboring a runaway. It's a criminal offense that will stay on your record. You're not doing anyone a favor, you're not helping her by doing this," said Lt.Baxter.

For more information about Savannah Martins click here. Qassebji said she is offering a reward for anyone who helps her daughter return home.

If you have any information about where Savannah Martins maybe contact the Dubuque Police Department.

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